Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Bromide native!... you gotta have this if you love Bromide, Oklahoma
In 1977 John Morris published his book, "Ghost Towns of Oklahoma". Bromide was one of the 130 portrayed in his book. He gave special recognition of Bromide on the back cover of his book. Bromide was a booming health resort and in 1911 when the railroad came to Bromide carrying multi-millionaire Robert Galbreath's oil money, the town seemed destined to boom. And it did, for a while.
Bromide is my hometown. My wife and I started the research for this book in 1993, when we visited the Oklahoma Historical Society and copied most of the Bromide Herald issues which were from 1911 to 1915. We recieved permission to use photos from four private collections. We did extensive research of the Indian Territory, the Chickasaws and Choctaws at the National Archives here in Fort Worth. They had the only 1908 town site map of Bromide I could find. We were able to do some research of the early rodeo days in Bromide at the Cowboy Hall of Fame Archives in Oklahoma City. Also a lot of this rodeo information was found in the Herald. And finally a lot of help about the Indian Territory history came from the Chickasaw Council House Museum and the Johnston County Historical Society both located in Tishomingo Oklahoma. The book is 25.00 plus shipping.
This 239 page book, "Bromide Oklahoma Centennial, From Boastown to Ghostown Our Hometown is 8 & 1/2" by 11" soft cover. It contains well over 200 photographs and many documents. "My story" runs through-out but is mostly the last part of the book.
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Bromide is the Blogmaster's hometown to! On the Post Office lists in the book: WL Martin is my dad William Laverne Martin 1900-1955 who spent his whole life in his beloved Johnston county and died on a cold night in December 31st in 1955 on our farm across from Camp Simpson. He has spent most of his life as a cowboy and rufneck. My thanks to the authors of this book. I will treasure my copy.