- Babbs is a small rural community in Kiowa County, Oklahoma. It was named for Edith "Babbs" Babcock. Babbs was the scene of the nationally known Babbs Switch Fire on December 24, 1924, in which 36 people died in a school fire. Many of the dead were children but several families were completely wiped out. Although the Babbs school house is this community's "claim to fame", Babbs had as it's largest feature a grain elevator that served the local farmers as a depository for small grains until the late 1970's when the elevator was closed due to it's age and lack of repair by it's owners, "Hobart Farmer's CO-OP". Additionally there was a gas station and a general store across Hwy 183 to the east approximately 2 city blocks from the elevator. The Babbs school house was rebuilt and utilized until WWII's final days when the Babbs school district was consolidated into the Roosevelt and Hobart school districts. all of the structures of the Babbs community are gone today and there is a small Rest Area and a stone marker where the original Babbs school house once stood.
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