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Iron Mound Township, Logan County, Oklahoma

Iron Mound Township
Logan County, Oklahoma

T16N R3W Indian Meridian

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Researched, written, © and map provided by: Bob Chada

There is no historical information available to indicate how Iron Mound Township was named.

Richard "Little Dick" West, the last surviving member of the Bill Doolin gang died on the NE of section 36. West had been tracked to the Ed Fitzgerald farm in section 30 of Guthrie township. On April 8, 1898, a group of lawmen consisting of Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas and Heck's son Albert, deputy U.S. Marshal William D. Fossett, Sheriff Frank Rinehart and Guthrie police officer Ben Miller went to the area. Not finding West on the Fitzgerald farm, the group split up with Fossett and Reinhart going to the Arnett farm, also in section 31. Here they encountered West, who started firing at them as he ran. Fossett, with a Winchester, and Rienhart with a 10 gage shotgun both fired at West as he dived under a fence. West ran about another 150 yards while reloading and died when he turned to fire again. It was said that Fossett fired the fatal shot, but those who examined the body said that the wound resembled buckshot.

West is buried in Summit View Cemetery on lot 6 of block 100 near Doolin, see tombstone photo.

There are three platted cemeteries in Iron Mound. The first is the Martin, platted in the NE of section 18. It is reserved for the owners of Cedar Valley Golf Club, and there are currently no burials at this location.

The second is the Harmony, NW , NE , section 19. History records that originally the west half was called the Hall and the east half was called the Nelson.

The final cemetery is St. Joseph's Academy, which is currently located on the Job Corps property.

St. Joseph's Academy was started in 1892 by the Benedictine Sisters, several of who had been in Guthrie since September 26, 1889 operating the first Catholic school in Oklahoma Territory and the first actual school in Guthrie. The original building was dedicated by Bishop Meerschaert October 16, 1892. By 1915, a 2 year teachers normal training course had been added, and in 1916 the school was chartered to conduct a four year college under the name of Catholic College for Young Women. Both names were changed to Benedictine Heights in 1948. Young men were admitted in 1950, and classes continued until 1962 when the property was sold to the City of Guthrie. The Job Corps is now located on the property. The original structure was severely damaged in a storm and had to be demolished.

A small part of the Denver, Enid and Gulf railroad runs through the north ease part of the township.

Historical town and place locations in Iron Mound township include Cedar Valley in section 11, Dutcher and Fairview in section 32, and Shields in the NE of section 27.

A post office was located at Fariview from 1 September 1890 to 11 April 1893. The mail was then transferred to Downs, later Cashion in Kingfisher County.

There were five (5) known schools to operate in Cedar Township:

School District Closed W/B Section
Gar Creek
Iron Mound
Red Star
Sunny Slope

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