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Tuton's Drugstore

201 N. Main St., Arcadia, OK

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This little building started life as the First State Bank of Arcadia in 1917. In 1921 B. F. Tuton bought Blakes share of the business and renamed it the Tuton & Son Drugstore By sometime in 1919 it became the Blake & Tuton Drugstore when his son Thomas joined the firm. Thomas died in 1934 but his wife Ethel continued to operate the drugstore until 1941. After that it sat empty until 1945 when it became a grocery store which lasted until 1979.

This is the only commercial building in this part of Arcadia that survived a huge fire that destroyed all the other buildings in 1924. I wonder if that survival might be in part because of the buildings construction of locally cut sandstone, a type of construction that had been more popular a couple of decades earlier. When this photo was taken in 2012 the building appeared to be a real estate office and art gallery.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979

Photo(s): 2012 - 2015



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