Washita County Courthouse

Tuttle, Cordell, Mountain View, & Anadarko

that Joe and I trav­eled to Roosevelt, we stopped to pho­to­graph sev­eral other small towns. Our first stop was Tuttle, where I saw this gra­nary next to the rail­road tracks. I also took a shot of it with a Leica IIIf, but for­got to pull out the col­lapsi­ble lens, so it’s prob­a­bly no good. We’ll see when I develop the film.

Next was Cordell, offi­cially called New Cordell since it moved from its orig­i­nal loca­tion in 1897. In 1906 it was declared the Washita county seat by an act of the U.S. Congress.

After a fire burnt down the orig­i­nal county cour­t­house, Solomon Andrew Layton designed its beau­ti­ful replace­ment. He also designed the Oklahoma state capi­tol build­ing. The cour­t­house sits on a his­toric town square. Also on the square is the Washita Theatre, an Art Deco movie palace recently restored to its for­mer splen­dor.

After Cordell and Roosevelt, we started back home. Along the way we saw an aban­donded ser­vice sta­tion — at least, that’s what we think it isJoe and I later made a sec­ond trip to the cob­ble­stone build­ing. After we had taken more pic­tures of it we knocked on the door of the near­est farm­house to inquire about it. The old-​timer who answered the door informed us that the build­ing used to be a gen­eral store; he then gave us an extended oral his­tory of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. I reckon he spoke for a half hour or more before we thanked him and took our leave. — made from red gran­ite cobb­ble­stone brought from Medicine Park, some thirty miles away.

Our final stop was just out­side Anadarko at the Wichita Historical Center, which is cur­rently at the cen­ter of a four-​tribe land dis­pute.

Cameras
Rolleiflex 2.8c
Hasselblad 500C
Lenses
Schneider Xenotar 50mm ƒ/2.8
Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm ƒ/4.0
Exposure Index
EI 125 on both cam­eras & films
Film
Kodak Plus-​X Pan 125Kodak Tri-​X Pan 400 — stand devel­op­ment with day­light tank in Agfa Adonal (Rodinal) (1:100) for ~60 min­utes — 5 min­utes in Kodafix
Tripod
Ries J-​600 “Reporter” maple­wood tri­pod with lus­ter bronze knobs
Digitization & post-​production
Epson per­fec­tion V850 scan­ner with VueScan scan­ning soft­ware, Adobe Lightroom, NIK Silver Efex Pro, and Adobe Photoshop.

— Chris J. Zähller

About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

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