EDMOND, Okla. — Before the land run of 1889, Edmond was known simply as “mile marker 103.” Rail was the artery that brought life to this town. Frank Mosier and Willie Davis were laying the tracks one September day when they got into a scuffle.
That’s how the story goes since there were no newspapers in the west back then.
It was apparently quite a fight because both men died.
Oklahoma Historical Society Spokesperson, Michael Dean, said, “When someone died from illness or a gunshot wound or whatever, typically they were buried where they dropped.”
The gravesite of both men still exists.
“It’s really sweet that their graves have been preserved for all these years. Although I think the railroad is about ready to decide they don’t have the money to maintain the gravesites.”
Maintenance is complicated.
The trouble is a nearby flood creek encroaching on the gravesite and monument.
Left untouched, the dirt and gravel will erode, the bones will be lost and so will this chapter of the Edmond, Oklahoma story.
The Edmond Historical Society has been trying to work with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to figure out a way to make sure the site isn’t destroyed by vandals or Mother Nature.
So far, it seems railway regulation and fees stand in the way.