An era ends at Egan


The jaws of an excavator crunch into Egan Lodge as the aged structure is demolished March 19 on the Oklahoma Conference Camps property near Tahlequah. When estimated costs neared $500,000 to renovate the deteriorating structure, built about 1958, the decision was made to raze it, explained Camp Egan Director Josh Pulver. The lodge last housed campers in 2011. Volunteers helped salvage fixtures and other interior contents. On March 19, operators using heavy equipment knocked down the building in about four hours and within a week had cleared the area, including removing the slab, Pulver said. The lower portion of the fireplace was preserved and will become the centerpiece for a large outdoor gathering area. Stone from the building also is finding use in renovations to the large Fossil Courtyard cabin. Pulver invited people to visit Camp Egan to see the numerous changes accomplished in two years. Construction of a medical station will begin when fundraising for that goal is complete.  Photos by Ron Wallin

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