Eufaula Armory – Eufaula, Oklahoma

“Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”
– Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Eufaula Armory – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

Built in 1935 and finished in 1937, this building continues to house a unit of the Oklahoma National Guard.  The Works Progress Administration program began in June of 1935 in order to stimulate the economy and employee citizens of the country. The program spent $10.75 billion, with $185 million spent in Oklahoma. Many of the projects throughout Oklahoma were to build roads, dams, schools, post offices and other public buildings. One of the most outstanding examples throughout Oklahoma is the series of armories constructed in a variety communities. Prior to their construction, the Oklahoma National Guard units did not have permanent structures. Most rented building space, where security was a problem, leaving arms and equipment open for theft.

The National Guard Unit headquartered in Eufaula is Company H, 2nd Battalion, 180th Infantry. From time to time, the unit had seen its headquarters located in the High School Gymnasium, the county courthouse, as well as rental spaces in commerical space. Conditions were so bad that at one point the unit drilled in the streets of Eufaula.  More info and photos here.

About Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Swami Sivananda Saraswati, born Kuppuswamy, was an Indian doctor and Yoga guru. He was born in 1887 in India. When he set up a clinic in Malaysia, he became known for his kind heart and charitable work. He left a successful medical practice to go on a pilgrimage to India, where he took monastic vows. As a spiritual leader, he attracted many disciples, including Krishnamurti. He called his discipline the Yoga of synthesis. He wrote more than 300 books on Yoga and spirituality. He died in 1963.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 14:14:47

    Great job with the contrast of building and landscape in this, Beth. Brick work reads so well!


  2. afternoonartist
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 23:57:15

    Lots of detail in this painting. Must have been time consuming to paint. The pink road is fabulous.


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