B U I L D I N G S  /  SAVED
The SOD Foundation is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization
THE ROCK ISLAND DEPOT  /  410 SOUTH DIVISION
DAMON LUMBER BUILDING
The Rock Island Depot, built in 1903 is one of the best examples
of the efforts of the SOD Foundation. Once known as the Eaton
Building, the old depot was the inspiration for the SOD Foundation.
When it was threatened with demolition in order to build a drive in
restaurant in 1998, the citizens of Guthrie headed by Carol Hirzel,
Joe Coffin and the late Ludd Lentz III mounted a campaign to
"Save Our Depot", resulting in the formation of the SOD
Foundation.

This effort was backed by ordinances designated by the National
Park Service for buildings on the National Register of Historic
Places and for National Historic Landmark Districts. Thanks to
the foresight of Sonic CEO, Cliff Hudson, Sonic not only dropped
their demolition plan but they donated $75,000 to the SOD
Foundation to purchase the property.

In addition, donations were received from cities across the state
including Ardmore, Chandler, Oklahoma City and of course,
theCity of Guthrie Historic Preservation Commission and the
Guthrie City Council. Additional funds came from as far away as
Kansas and Arizona and on February 18, 1999 the building was
turned over to the SOD Foundation.

Preservation of historic buildings in Guthrie is foremost in
theminds of the citizens and is the reason for many people to
have settled here. Both the downtown and residential districts are
protected to this day by national ordinances and by the Historic
Preservation Commission within the City of Guthrie and, there is
an ongoing battle to be sure that the homes and buildings of
Oklahoma's First Capital are not torn down but are rebuilt to the
stated standards and preserved for their historic value.

The Rock Island Depot is currently privately owned and the
SonicCorporation runs a favorite drive-in restaurant across the
street.
The Damon Lumber Company building on W.
Cleveland and 1st Street is another building
saved by the SOD Foundation.

Originally an active lumber supplier, it has
been a flower shop, a coffee shop, and is
now privately owned, The property consists
of three buildings and is now a popular
restaurant, a residential garage and a private
residence.