I don't know what happened here. Well, no, I do; the latter half of the 20th century happened. Three thousand souls - and growing; it increased 4.0 over the last ten years.
Wikipedia: "The city was settled by the Choctaw and named in 1867 by a Baptist missionary for Chief Atoka, whose name means 'ball groudn'" in English."
Let's take a look.
The Chamber of Commerce. Really.
If you've been following this feature for a while, you know what this used to be. Obviously, a gas station, yes - but the brand. This one gives you a rather obvious hint.
The architect hated his client. He was the kind of guy who lined up his pencils just so on his desk. Placed his desk so it was exactly lined up with the windows. Always had the blinds drawn up evenly. A man who liked order. He was cruel to the architect through the whole process.
"Why can't you put the windows in now?"
"I'm waiting. It'll be the last thing I do."
The architect left a note before he left town: "enjoy the view"
This one's been through a lot, and it doesn't seem like it wants to talk about it.
The first-floor rehab, I'll bet, for for a nice store that sold nice things.
The American Association for the Prevention of Windows must have had a branch in town:
That's a damned tall door.
The shock never wears off:
I can't make out the word on the stone. The entire building seems horrified to the point of speechlessness.
Just as the P told you the gas station was a Pure, so did this building make permanent its original purpose:
Where did the icon originate? Not even Chevy is sure.
Ghost ad from long ago. A bank with a Porpoise!
Here's the Titan of Finance:
Locals say the ghost of a banker can still be seen in the upstairs window, but I think that's bunk.
A typical downtown three-story structure, with a typical fate.
"What? Use the same color brick? Why the hell would we do that?"
If you look closely, you'll come to the same conclusion: those were the original doors.
Cruel prank: pull the fire alarm, and stand across the street and watch everyone try to get out.
Oh, it's possible.