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Property Name Klingensmith Park Amphitheater
Reference Number 16000619
State OK
County Creek
Town Bristow
Street Address W. 7th, W. 5th & Country Club Dr.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/a
Status Listed 9/12/2016
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Klingensmith Park Amphitheater, located at the intersection of West 7th Avenue, West 5th Avenue, and Country Club Drive in Bristow, Oklahoma, and erected in 1936, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, for its significance as a local example of an Entertainment/Recreation facility exemplifying the philosophy of parks and recreation in the 1920s and 1930s. It is also eligible under Criterion A for significance in Economics as a local example of a park facility constructed by the New Deal's Works Progress Administration as a remedy for unemployment during the Great Depression. The entertainment venue remained in use throughout the period of significance, 1936-1966, is unique to the park and to Bristow, and continues in limited use.

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