Ghost Town Wednesday: Cayuga, Oklahoma

GhostTownWednesday  If you read yesterday’s Tombstone Tuesday article on town founder Mathias Splitlog, then you already know a few facts about this ghost town.  If you missed it, read it here.

Today it’s still considered a census-populated area but there’s not much left of the original town site.  Mathias established successful businesses and made some shrewd land deals while a resident of Kansas, a place he migrated to after being removed from the Sandusky, Ohio area with a large group of Wyandot Indians in 1843.

This article was updated and published in the September 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  View a preview of the magazine here or purchase here.


  1. My late husband and I were married in the church in 1994. Church services are still held inside every Sunday.

  2. That’s great to hear. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. My mom grew up there before there was a Grand Lake. When she was a little girl, she & her mother would walk to the Cayuga Mission for church. She was allowed to ring the church bell at times. My grandma was a widow & she lived with her children in a house at the end of the Cowskin Bridge to collect toll. My dad & mom are both buried in the Cayuga Cemetery. My grandmother’s name is Mabel Florence Clanton & my mom is Helen Lucille Clanton Wooldridge.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing some of your family history!


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