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"Ghost" town of 
Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Location:  Avoca #1 at present site of Asher; Avoca #2 located 2 miles north of Asher
Existed: #1-August 4, 1894 - February 10, 1902
#2 February 10, 1902 - October 31, 1906
Name probably inspired by Thomas Moore's poem "Sweet Vale of Avoca," a river in Ireland

A town started at the location of a well-known watering place and camp-ground, known for many years before as “Wewaukee Springs”.  Originally they had applied for the name of Wewaukee Springs, but it was refused because it was so much like “Wewoka”.  The first postmaster was Joseph E. Sheets.  Without warning, the postmaster silently moved his store and took his Post Office along with him to nearby Asher in 1901, two miles south of Avoca.  From November 26, 1901 to February 10, 1902, Avoca had no post office.  James K. Polk was named as Postmaster.

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We would love to have pictures of each post office; schools; churches, people/families.


Source: "POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY OKLAHOMA HISTORY" compiled and edited by Pottawatomie County History Book Committee; published by Country Lane Press, Claremore, OK, 1987.