View Full Version : Leo Sanders' Legacy

Doug Loudenback
05-13-2007, 10:00 AM
Until I got a bunch of pics from Norman Thompson (who supplied all the Springlake pics in my Springlake blog post), a relative of Leo Sanders, I'd never heard of Leo Sanders ... but after researching the Oklahoman's archives, I now know that I should have!

Soooo ... new blog post: The Leo Sanders Collection at Doug Dawgz Blog: The Leo Sanders Collection (

In a nutshell, Leo "Cyclone" Sanders was deeply involved in many construction (sometimes demolition) projects in the late 1920s through the 1950s, but mostly during the 1930s decade, largely in foundation work.

Here are a few sample images ... click links for larger images

Leo Sanders

Montgomery Wards (old Courthouse in background)

Demolition of Rock Island Depot on Skirvin's North Side

YWCA on Park Ave, looking north (no Courthouse there yet)

Ramsey Tower

Skirvin Tower

There's much more in the blog post which closes with this:

Mr. Sanders' home was located at 631 NE 17th. His obituary in the December 23, 1980, Oklahoman says

Among his many engineering and building accomplishments, he will be remembered for his work during the early years of downtown Oklahoma City and buildings such as the YWCA, Post Office, Montgomery Wards, Ramsey Tower, Skirvin Tower and tunnel to the Skirvin Hotel.

Here's to you, Leo Cyclone Sanders ... an Oklahoma City hero!

05-13-2007, 04:51 PM
Mr. Sanders' home was located at 631 NE 17th.

Nice dojo:

Doug Loudenback
05-13-2007, 08:12 PM
Yes, that's so. Here's the pic I took of his home today ...