Tuttle, Cordell, Mountain View, & Anadarko

Tuttle, Cordell, Mountain View, & Anadarko

Washita County Courthouse

that Joe and I travelled to Roosevelt, we stopped in several other small towns and took photographs. 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 is — 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.

Rolleiflex 2.8c
Hasselblad 500C
Schneider Xenotar 50mm ƒ/2.8
Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm ƒ/4.0
Exposure Index
EI 125 on both cameras & films
Kodak Plus-X Pan 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.

  • Bank of Tuttle, est. 1909
  • 500C
  • ISO:400
  • 50mm
  • 35° 17.4388′ 0″ N 97° 48.9432′ 0″ W


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