Site of Babbs Switch Tragic School Fire

Site of Babbs Switch Tragic School Fire (HM29CO)

Location: Hobart, OK 73651 Kiowa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 57.478', W 99° 3.644'

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Babbs Memorial School

—1925 —

On Dec. 24, 1924, 35 people lost their lives while attending a Christmas party in a one room frame school house. The fire was started by a candle on a Christmas tree. A school building was built here as a memorial and a model to point the way to safer county schools the nation over. The school was discontinued in 1943. Was dismantled and sold.

In Memory Of

W. T. Curtis — Mrs. W. T, Curtis — Edna Curtis — Francis Curtis — T. C. Coffey — Mrs. T. C. Coffey — Maudie Coffey — Orley Coffey — Dow Bowling — Maggie Bowling — Edward Bowling — William Biggers — Walter Biggers — John Duke — John Hebeasperger — Mrs. Rhoda Bradshaw — Mattie Mae Bryan — Earnest Peterson — Obil Peck — Ciryl Peck — Paul Peck — Vesta Jackson — Alice Noah — Lee Reville — Lillie Edna Reville — J. T. Goforth — J. B. Goforth — Juanita Stephenson — Mary Juanita Stephenson — Gladys Clements — Mary Lois Clements — Miss Isabell McNutt and the teacher Florence (Terry) Hill
HM NumberHM29CO
Year Placed1966
Placed ByThe Community Welfare and Rainey Mountain Extension Homeowners Clubs and Roosevelt Garden Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 494455 N 3868383
Decimal Degrees34.95796667, -99.06073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 57.478', W 99° 3.644'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 57' 28.68" N, 99° 3' 38.64" W
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Area Code(s)580
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-183, Hobart OK 73651, US
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