Retrop, Oklahoma sits just east of the Great Western Trail. However, Retrop is
not a trail town - it began with the farm and ended with the farm, going ghostly in
the 1940s. But not all is lost in Retrop. There's Retrop - a one-stop-sign town
where OK 6 meets OK 55 - and then Old Retrop. The cemetery is located in Old
Retrop just across the last remaining home.
Today the town of Retrop, Oklahoma, sits abandoned along straight dirt roads on level plains. Even in its heyday Retrop wasn't much of a
town. But if you like ghost towns, this forgotten little hamlet may be right up your alley.
Located 130 miles southwest of Oklahoma City and about 25 miles south of Elk City at the border of Beckaham and Washita counties,
Retrop began its relatively short life as a small land rush farming community. Originally, the town had wanted to be named Porter after the
first Anglo family to settle in town, but Indian Territory already had a community by that name. Undeterred, the post master just reversed
the spelling, and Retrop was born.
Prior to its existence, the town site sat along the Great Western Trail, a cattle road forged by John Lytle after farmers and ranchers had
fenced off the Chisholm Trail. Also known as the Dodge City Trail and reaching all the way to the Dakotas, it ran just to the east of the
Though the post office had been abandoned by 1905, Retrop still maintained a general store, school, and several residences. Like many
other Oklahoma towns, Retrop lived through hard times during the Dust Bowl years. By the mid 1940s, the town's store had closed.
Today, two locations mark the location of Retrop. The newer community lies at the junction of Oklahoma highways 6 and 55. Old Retrop
sits a mile off of the highways, its abandoned houses standing in silent testimony of the little town it once was.
|A Retrop homestead that looks just like my grandmother's old store.
|Retrop, Oklahoma: Where applicances go to die.