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 nearly 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, just added, a page with downloadable historical resources. And I’ve recently begin compiling 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|
|NAPA Insurance Co.||204 MEB||1949||Services|
|Miami Funeral Home||15 NW A||1954||Services, Restaurant||Last mentioned in 1960|
|Your Hairdressers||Hotel Miami Bldg.||1954||Services|
|Jimmie Smith Oldsmobile||27 SW A||1947||Auto Sales||Last seen in 1958|
|McFerron Bros. Feed Co.||501 E Central||1959||Retail||Moneka was at 502 E Central, but McFerron announced in 1959 that they were moving into their former spot at 501.|
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.