I was riding my motorcycle along a black top county road in Oklahoma and noticed this waypoint for Phroso on my map. I have these Oklahoma ghost towns marked so that when I see one during my travels I can stop in and see what is left. In I also noticed the town marked on my GPS and after investigating, I figured my GPS waypoint was incorrect. Sometimes they are off a bit because I have to create the waypoints using Range/Section/Township info from the book Ghost Towns of Oklahoma, which gets me within about a mile of the town location. I have to guess after that, and this time I guessed slightly wrong it seems.
Not much in Phroso anymore. Just a couple of houses and a friendly dog greater.
According to Ghost Towns of Oklahoma by John W. Morris:
“Phroso is somewhat typical of numerous hamlets that developed in the dryer and rougher western part of the Cherokee Outlet. Soon after the Outlet was opened for settlement, a small store was started. The area had no roads, and transportation, either on horseback or in a wagon, was slow. The store prospered and expanded as those living in the vicinity traded there because of the difficulty of getting to a larger place.
With the changing economic conditions and the technological advances since the late 1920′, plus movement of population from rural to urban areas, hamlets like Phroso have disappeared.”