Beckham County Courthouse
Sayre, Oklahoma
 Completed - 1911
Architect - Layton, Smith, & Hawk
Photos: Robert Deering 4/15/2003
1911 Courthouse
Undated Photo

COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1907 from portions of Greer and Roger Mills counties, Oklahoma Territory.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator of Kentucky John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham.

Election on June 18, 1908 named Sayre as the county seat by eleven votes over Erick. 

COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: Robert H. Sayre, railroad developer.


 1911 brick courthouse with a blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. 

"Famous Courthouse featured in the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath." This beautiful structure was completed in 1911 at a cost of $69,000. Designed by the architectural firm of Layton, Wemyss Smith and Hawk, it was built by Oklahoma Quarries and construction Company. The building is a symmetrical blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. Outstanding features included colossal Doric columns above the main entryway, classical pilasters, a grooved surface on the ground floor, and distinctive belt courses. The most unique part of the design was the dome, with a colonnade supporting a vaulted and gabled roof. On top of that was a smaller dome reproduced to scale." Courtesy of Exploring Oklahoma History.

ADDRESS:  302 E Main Street, Sayre, Oklahoma


Sayre, Oklahoma

First Baptist Church of Sayre
Photo 4/2/2005

U. S. Post Office in Sayre
Photo 4/15/2003