Today’s ghost town (spelled either “Bethsheba” or “Bathsheba”) may or may not have existed, according to some. Purportedly, in 1893 an all-female village was established in Oklahoma in an area called “Cherokee Strip”. These women so vehemently scorned men that they didn’t even allow male animals in their settlement.
Some historians believe that the “myth” of this all-female village (which only lasted three weeks) was fabricated by a Kansas reporter. However, it seems no one has ever been able to pinpoint just exactly where Bethsheba was located.
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