The DIXIE building history:
In 1907, the Dugan Department store opened in Chickasha in one of the ‘white brick’ buildings on the south side of Chickasha Avenue in the four hundred block. On March 7, 1919, cousins Charles I. Miller and Ben Levine, opened their Chickasha store in the Dugan Building. Both had worked in an uncle's department store in Mountain View and that uncle had named his store the “Dixie”.
The Dixie featured high quality merchandise including household linens, clothing, shoes, fabrics, make-up and accessories. During the 1930?s, the “bargain basement” became a popular addition to the store but closed in the sixties.
The Lamson Pneumatic Dispatch system was used to complete financial transactions and is still in the building to this day. At one time, the Dixie was one of the largest independently owned department stores in western Oklahoma. Partners, Stanley Levine and Bill Miller closed the Dixie in 1995 and sold the building to the Grady County Historical Society for the permanent home of its museum. After renovations were completed, the Grady County Museum opened in 1998. Copy courtesy of Pat Cunningham, Chickasha Historical Society.
The Dixie Building on Chickasha Ave. downtown will be the second featured building on the Main Street History Walk guided tour Friday, Sept. 17 (times to be announced). Please join us for a guided tour of the Dixie Building along with the Washita Theatre, Petroleum Building and the First National Bank building and enjoy a reception following at the Rock Island Depot.
The first 20 who sign up for the tour will receive a free embroidered Chickasha Main Street tote! Please wear comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.
For more information regarding the Main Street History Walk please contact Donna or Kristi at the Chickasha Chamber - 224-0787.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the guided tours, fact finding and general planning of the History Walk, please contact Gina Zhidov 941.447.1299.
This event is sponsored by the Chickasha Main Street Association and is free to the public. Donations are gladly accepted.