Washita County Courthouse

Tuttle, Cordell, Mountain View, & Anadarko

On the same weekĀ­end that Joe and I travĀ­eled to Roosevelt, we stopped to phoĀ­toĀ­graph sevĀ­eral other small towns. Our first stop was Tuttle, where I saw this graĀ­nary next to the railĀ­road tracks. I also took a shot of it with a Leica IIIf, but forĀ­got to pull out the colĀ­lapsiĀ­ble lens, so itā€™s probĀ­aĀ­bly no good. Weā€™ll see when I develop the film.

Next was Cordell, offiĀ­cially called New Cordell since it moved from its origĀ­iĀ­nal locaĀ­tion 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 origĀ­iĀ­nal county courĀ­tĀ­house, Solomon Andrew Layton designed its beauĀ­tiĀ­ful replaceĀ­ment. He also designed the Oklahoma state capiĀ­tol buildĀ­ing. The courĀ­tĀ­house sits on a hisĀ­toric town square. Also on the square is the Washita Theatre, an Art Deco movie palace recently restored to its forĀ­mer splendor.

After Cordell and Roosevelt, we started back home. Along the way we saw an abanĀ­donded serĀ­vice staĀ­tionā€‰ā€”ā€‰at least, thatā€™s what we think it isļ»æ [Sidenote: Joe and I later made a secĀ­ond trip to the cobĀ­bleĀ­stone buildĀ­ing. After we had taken more picĀ­tures of it we knocked on the door of the nearĀ­est farmĀ­house to inquire about it. The old-timer who answered the door informed us that the buildĀ­ing used to be a genĀ­eral store; he then gave us an extended oral hisĀ­tory of the surĀ­roundĀ­ing counĀ­tryĀ­side. I reckon he spoke for a half hour or more before we thanked him and took our leave.] ā€‰ā€”ā€‰made from red granĀ­ite cobbĀ­bleĀ­stone brought from Medicine Park, some thirty miles away.

Our final stop was just outĀ­side Anadarko at the Wichita Historical Center, which is curĀ­rently at the cenĀ­ter of a four-tribe land disĀ­pute.

Cameras
Rolleiflex 2.8c
Hasselblad 500C
Lenses
Schneider Xenotar 50mm ʒ/2.8
Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm ʒ/4.0
Exposure Index
EI 125 on both camĀ­eras & films
Film
Kodak Plus-X Pan 125Kodak Tri-X Pan 400ā€‰ā€”ā€‰stand develĀ­opĀ­ment with dayĀ­light tank in Adox Adonal (Rodinal) (1:100) for ~60ā€ÆminĀ­utesā€‰ā€”ā€‰5ā€ÆminĀ­utes in Kodafix
Tripod
Ries J-600 ā€œReporterā€ mapleĀ­wood triĀ­pod with lusĀ­ter bronze knobs 
Digitization & post-production
Epson perĀ­fecĀ­tion V850 scanĀ­ner with VueScan scanĀ­ning softĀ­ware, Adobe Lightroom, NIK Silver Efex Pro, and Adobe Photoshop.

About Chris J. ZƤhller

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

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