I’ve been intending for a long time to do some photography of rural Oklahoma.
So we headed out with cameras in tow to see what we could find. The initial answer was nothing. Apparently we need to think this through and have a plan. We ended up driving through Cyril, Oklahoma and found an old railway station.
It was not particularly photography worthy in itself, but when you’ve driven all the way out there, you feel compelled to shoot something.
A certain photographer (who shall remain nameless) thought he could get an interesting shot by getting in an unusual postion.
I think he was aiming for something like this:
Unfortunately on hot days even abandoned railways have an abundance of tar on them. I guess they don’t expect people to lay on the rails. However, if you do lay on them and then unwittingly get in the car; it does bad things to the seat covers. Like I said the photographer won’t be named, but I can’t help it if you recognize his picture.
After the tar issues were fixed we headed on to Cement, Oklahoma. Never heard of it? Well neither had I.
This is Main Street, quaint, old and relatively empty. I spotted an old building at the end of the street, and headed up to get a quick shot.
We didn’t find much else and headed home. I didn’t think to much about it until I was editing the pics and noticed the sign next to the building. I zoomed in on it and my curiosity was piqued.
Jesse James museum?
I looked it up, and it turns out that this little town in Ok (pop. ~500) is home to Buzzard’s Roost, a hideout in the 1870’s for the James gang. In its rocks are carved signs and symbols which were supposedly to remind the outlaws where they’d hidden caches of money, ammunition etc. In the 1930’s a treasure hunter named Joe Hunter unearthed a tea kettle containing a suspected treasure map, a pocket watch, gold bar and some coins. The treasure is still unfound, and yes, even though I’d never heard of it, people are still visiting Cement Ok to search.