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Washington County, OK

Blue Mound

This is a landmark roughly 10 miles northeast of Bartlesville near the eastern edge of the county. It is a large bald hill with a rock ledge on the east and rock protrusions on the southeast. A cold spring once flowed through the year on its extreme northwest edge, making the spot a favorite hideout for outlaws.

One of Tom Mix's 300-plus movies was made here. The Blue Mound or Scudder one-room schoolhouse was built here in 1914 for $900. It was moved to another location after World War I.

Blue Mound is located on the Montgomery Ranch purchased in 1935 by Jack Montgomery, whose two granddaughters, Martha Mahan and Sally Painter, currently share ownership of the ranch, as reported in 2008 by Martha's son, James Mahan.

Blue Mound was also reportedly once part of Sherman Moore and Jim Todd's 50,000 acres of ranch holdings. Moore's granddaughter Marilyn Tate owns the current Moore ranch, home to Prairie Song.

Blue Mound

Washington County Carrel