Drury Dam in south Sumner County had one colorful history

first_imgDrury Hotel was a big tourism attraction at Drury Dam. But not for long after this picture was taken….by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Drury Dam, located midway between Caldwell and South Haven, has had an eventful history. Amber Schmitz, who moved to Drury as a seven-year-old, and is a historian of the area, spoke at the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting Monday to share her experience and history. “It was a great place to grow up,” Schmitz said. “I was the only kid living in Drury and didn’t really have anyone to play with, but I enjoyed hearing the stories from the adults about the old days at Drury.” Schmitz hopes to write a book about the town that once was a full fledged community with a park, a mill, a railroad, a grade school, a community church, a broom corn field and factory, a grocery store, and a hotel. The Chikaskia River cuts through the heart of the Drury community and has brought prosperity to the people who lived there. But the river was also its curse, bringing tragedy along with it. Drury was once known as the “playground of Oklahoma and Kansas,” and was a popular vacation resort. There was a hotel, dancing pavilion, bath house, boat house and several cottages. There was even a day and night bus service from Caldwell to Drury for vacationers. Some would come by train. Drury, during its heyday, was a happening town. And the Drury Hotel was the centerpiece of the tourism community. “It was as extravagant as any eastern hotel,” Schmitz said. But then came the flood of June 9, 1923 where it rained so hard that the river began to rise. With many feeder rivers feeding into the Chikaskia, the river rose 21 feet. As a result the hotel was twisted to pieces and floated down the river. Houses, cabins, bridges, including the iron bridge were destroyed. Livestock drowned and crops were completely swamped. “Residents and tourists watched from a safe distance on the high bank opposite the park, and saw the piano push through the roof of the dance pavilion as the unattached hardwood floor rose upward in the river,” Schmitz said. “The hotel floated off the lower cement walls and foundation, rolled over on its side and broke apart in a dark puff of soot and dust.” Drury Dam would never be the same – at least from a tourism perspective.Drury Dam Mill in the early 1900s.The mill But Drury Dam was originally built as a mill for wheat, corn, rye and other grains that was turned into flour. Alexander Culbertson, the town’s founder, named the town after his wife. It remained a grain mill until 1916 when it became a power generate to supply electricity to the area people, Schmitz said. Like the hotel, the mill would end in tragedy. In 1953, the top two stories were burned to the ground after men went into the building to smoke out bees to get honey but left a smoldering rag to burn.Drury Mill burns in 1956.Today, not much is left at Drury except a small community of homes. It now serves as a recreation center for avid fishermen, boaters and campers. The dam is still there. But it no longer is the hopping destination of yesteryear.Drury Dam as it looks today.Drury in its infancy had a rail depot where people could stop for vacation.Cecil and Maxine Mitchell ran the Drury Grocery Market. This picture was taken in the 1940s.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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It featured many Drury and other surrounding area residents as extras. Report Reply 1 reply · active 165 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Bill Upton · 259 weeks ago Very Interesting. Hope she has more talks on Dury Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down dinkelberry79 · 259 weeks ago Nice work. Great article! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Sumner Man · 259 weeks ago Nice story, keep them coming on Sumner county please Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Donna · 259 weeks ago Awesome article, great job Amber!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 259 weeks ago Now *that*is journalism. Excellent research, good work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Leah · 259 weeks ago Really enjoyed this article. I would love to learn more about Drury, and it’s history. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Dennis Struble · 259 weeks ago Years ago, i saw a pic of the hotel going down the river. Can’t remember who had it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 258 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down notlla · 258 weeks ago Has anybody seen the movie ,that was shot down there . I can remember when they were in town shooting it. Great article hope to see more. Report Reply 1 reply · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Stacy · 258 weeks ago Interesting…..dont remember this and I lived there between South Haven and Drury. Report Reply 0 replies · active 258 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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