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2238152984_20df263b27.jpgDuncan Hotel, Pawhuska

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The Duncan Hotel was originally built at the end of the 19th century and was later expanded with a new addition in the oil boom of the mid-1920's. The original section of the hotel was destroyed by fire in the early 1980's and was demolished, leaving the later addition to stand alone. According to the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, the building sits vacant and is for sale. It may be in danger of demolition if a buyer is not found soon. Here are a few photographs of the building sent to me by the PCC. All photos are courtesy of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and have been used with their express permission.

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It would be a shame to see this old building demolished. I wonder how many other 5-story or taller urban buildings are in Pawhuska.

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Good question. I don't think there are many buildings of this size in Pawhuska, but I could be wrong. pawhuska enjoyed quite a remarkable boom during the 1920's when oil was discovered on Osage land nearby. There were even branches of Fifth Avenue stores which catered to the newly rich Osage. This, of course, didn't last forever.

Here is a photo gallery at the town's website. A few substantial buildings are shown, but there must be more. Note that the hotel shown in the gallery is the original section of the Duncan which burned in the early 1980's.

Pawhuska.com

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