The story of an old nail…

In 1902, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad surveyed the Alex area for placement of a spur that would extend from Chickasha to Lindsay. By 1904, that spur had been constructed and the first trains were running through the area, forever changing it from the lonesome prairie it had been before. Long before the advent of computers to keep… Read more →

The infamous Joe McAlister

At the Western History Collection at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, this picture was catalogued in the Womack Collection among several extremely old photos of Alex before statehood. The only information they had about picture was that the man at the extreme right of the photo was Joe McAlister and the woman next to him (holding the child) was… Read more →

Soldier Creek in 1901 or 1902

This picture was received on April 10, 2016, from Jerry Snow of Norman, a descendant of W.V. “Red” Alexander, the founder of Alex. From left to right, the identified persons in the photo are Agnes Meek, Perry Alexander, Charles and Lela Williams, W.V. Red Alexander and Laura Meek.  The two persons at the far right of the picture are not… Read more →

Wichita Grass Houses

In 1849, United States Army Lt. Randolph Marcy was charged with exploring and documenting then unmapped parts of Texas and what would become Oklahoma. In his travels, Marcy came upon a Wichita tribal village near the big spring in what is now Rush Springs. Less than 15 miles from Alex, this village was comprised of around 100 of what were… Read more →

Finding Elm Springs

My mission on October 29, 2016, was to set eyes on the ancient sweet water springs that offered respite to native Wichita and Caddo for centuries and later served as the final watering hole for travelers on the Fort Cobb Trail before they set off to Soldier Creek near where Alex would later be located. During the Civil War, these… Read more →

A wildcat fight on the Little Washita

Thomas Mote was a cowpuncher who worked for George Conover on the Little Washita River less than eight miles northwest of Alex in 1877 and 1878. Mote was also employed by several other ranchers further east along the old Fort Cobb Trail during the same time. Conover moved to Anadarko around 1880 and many years later wrote a book entitled… Read more →

Mr. Cook’s sad fate

Before Bradley was formally established in 1891, the closest post office village to Alex was Old Fred, located just under eight miles northwest up the old Fort Cobb Trail. The Fred post office, the third oldest in what would become Grady County, Oklahoma, pre-dates Alex’s post office by some 23 months. The proprietor of the trading post at Fred was… Read more →

The Last Longhorn

An ancient long-horned bovine Lay dying by the river; There was lack of vegetation And the cold winds made him shiver; A cowboy sat beside him With sadness in his face, To see his final passing, This last of a noble race. The ancient eunuch struggled And raised his shaking head, Saying, “I care not to linger When all my… Read more →