I’m Ron Enderland. I was born in Miami, Oklahoma, at Miami Baptist Hospital, a long time ago. I moved out of town at age eight, but Miami is still my hometown, and it always will be. It’s had its ups and downs, financially speaking, but it’s on an upturn now. Still, I want to remember it as it was, and many agree with that sentiment. Thus, I’ve created this site, loaded with photos and history of the place.
The information here is nearly all documented from city guides, from the Miami News-Record, from other well-researched historical sources. Where personal recollection or tradition is involved, this is pointed out. Thus, my confidence in the accuracy of what you find here.
It has a searchable database of businesses over the years. I’m estimating that it has 85-90% of Miami’s businesses between its birth and 1968, and I’m still adding the missing ones. It’s mostly the result of researching the Miami News-Record, and I only have access to papers up to 1968 at this point. But still, it has over 3,000 businesses listed, and can be a fine asset for helping you to track down who was located where and when.
Also, check out Miami’s Postcard Past. This section has a bunch of postcards which open up in good-sized resolution. And for your pleasure, you can get full-sized scans of five Main Street postcards, suitable for desktop wallpaper or for printing.
Check out virtual tours of North Main, South Main, and Central. Also, visit the lost businesses of East and West A Streets. We also have a growing listing of other significant business buildings, and a page devoted to urban exploration. Plus, a page with downloadable historical resources. And check out Miami’s history, briefly.
- The Pierce Pennant Tavern
- The Ozark Trails Association and Miami
- A Brief History of Riverview Park
- The Ottawa County Fair
- Ottawa County’s Oldest Resident
Take a virtual historical tour of Miami
Most Recent Additions to Business Database
|Business Name||Business Address||Date First Seen There||Business Type||Notes|
|McComas and Williams Used Furniture||Central||1902||Retail||West of Forest Lumber Co.|
|Forest Lumber Co.||Central||1898||Retail||Miami Republican. Lumber, implements. The Live Wire mentions it in existence in 1898.|
|O.F. Wells Barber Shop||S Main||1902||Services||Miami Record-Herald|
|Post Office||5 N Main||1905||Misc||Seen on a postcard showing Palace Drug Store|
|Tucker's Restaurant||21 S Main||1940||Restaurant||Was evidently here for a short stint between possible remodeling. Previous address was 8 N Main, after this it was 6 N Main.|
Random Images from Our Library:
Full-Sized Postcard Views of Main Street
Other Local Historical Resources
Copyright notice: some of these images are in the public domain. Some have been contributed by others for use on the site, with the understanding that saving internet images is trivial. That being said, if you’d like to use any of the site graphics, my permission is required. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2019.