Downtown Roosevelt, Oklahoma

Downtown Roosevelt, Oklahoma

Some of the few remaining buildings on the west side of South Main Street in downtown Roosevelt, Oklahoma. Buildings shown include City Hall, located in the former town bank, Nash’s, something called Moose & Squirrel, a pharmacy, and a grocery. Most of the buildings are abandoned or burnt-out.

Roosevelt is a small, all-but-abandoned town in western Oklahoma. According to the latest census, the population numbers 248. Today it’s known as a massive automobile morgue: several auto salvage companies have set up shop there, and today the corpses of cars and trucks outnumber the living.

Google Earth view of salvage yards, Roosevelt, Oklahoma

Google Earth view of salvage yards, Roosevelt, Oklahoma

The town once boasted a beautiful Art Deco high school, and across the street, an identical building housing the Arts and Crafts school. Those buildings are now derelict and empty, apart from some salvage automobiles in temporary storage in the high school.

The five buildings shown are a former bank, now occupied by city hall, the former Nash’s Department Store, which used to host the Masonic lodge upstairs, an unidentified building with a hand-scrawled sign reading Moose and Squirrel, another former bank which later housed a pharmacy, a former grocer’s, and a final unknown building.

Hasselblad 500C
Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm ƒ/4.0
Focal length
~160 second @ EI 125
Kodak Tri-X Pan 400 — stand development with daylight tank in Agfa Adonal (Rodinal) (1:100) for ~60 minutes — 5 minutes in Kodafix
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.

About the Featured Photograph(s)


M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Downtown, Roosevelt, Oklahoma
  • 500C
  • ISO:400
  • 50mm
  • 34° 51.0167′ 0″ N 99° 1.3167′ 0″ W


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