W.S. Kelly General Merchandise

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Built: 1920s | Abandoned: 1980
Status: Endangered
Contributor: • AbandonedOK.com
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This little building, sitting at the intersection of state highways 37 and 152, has seen a lot of action since it was built in the 1920s by Wilbur Kelly in the town of New Cogar. Legend has it Pretty Boy Floyd made frequent stops, along with other notorious crooks and bootleggers. The building has served as a general mercantile, grocery store, and gas station over the years, before closing its doors  in 1980. All contents were left behind as well. For film buffs, the building can be seen in the 1988 Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise vehicle, Rainman. In 2020, The Abandoned Atlas Foundation began a small restoration project on the W.S. Kelly Merchandise building. They hope to preserve this little slice of history in Cogar and are currently accepting donations.

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