St. Louis Industrial School

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St. Louis Mission School
Established 1887
Opened 1887
Closed 1949
Current Status Demolished
Location Pawhuska, OK
Alternate Names
  • St. Louis Mission School for Osage Girls
  • St. Louis Mission Boarding School


The St. Louis Mission School for Osage Indian girls was established 1887 by St. Kathrine Drexel and Bureau of Catholic Indian Affairs, 1/2 mile southwest of Main & Palmer in Pawhuska. The original wood-frame building burnt down in 1889 and was replaced by a four-story stone building in 1890.

In 1904 the boarding school had a documented attendance of 125 Osage girls. In 1905 the school also served as a "Day School for Half-Breeds and Whites" in the area as well as Osage girls.

The Mission School was operated by Franciscan sisters (1887-1915), Loretto sisters (1915-1942), and Blessed Sacrament sisters (1942-1949.)

Later, the buildings were razed and replaced with a low-income housing project.