Thursday, November 19, 2009

Endless Road Trips

I started a new job in March, as a court abstractor. This requires that I travel over the year to 18 counties in Oklahoma. Some I visit several times a year. My territory is pretty much the northwest quadrant of the state. Hubby goes with me on most of these trips, makes it more fun and we get some quality talk time in the car.

Many of these counties have courthouses that are in fairly small towns, so it's kind of amazing when you drive into a tiny town in Oklahoma, to the county seat, and see something like this.

This is in Sayre, Oklahoma. If you watch "The Grapes of Wrath" in the scene where the Okies are fleeing Oklahoma, there is a fleeting image of this courthouse in the background.

This is a statue in front of the courthouse.

And this is where we stayed, an original Route 66 motel. It was updated and quite clean, and had wireless internet. Right across the street from a Route 66 museum.

The same three night trip, we visited another county, Roger Mills (town of Cheyenne, population 778), that built a brand new courthouse in the eighties, during the oil boom. Very nice building with lots of paintings and sculptures, but they preserved some of the old.

What the sign says is that this is the records vault built in 1907-1908.

Protected the court records in the courthouse fire of 1916.

State Historical site of Oklahoma.

Next to that is this globe sort of thing made of horseshoes.

And last but not least, we have the veterans memorial.

Those are two of the courts and towns, I have lots of pics of the others coming up. Stay tuned.


Anonymous Di said...

It is so great to have you back! Sounds like your new job is really interesting, and it is great that your dh gets to go with you.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

di - It really is interesting going to the different courts and meeting a lot of diffent people. Did you know in Boise City they refer to us as 'downstate?' As in "Oh, their messing with the computer stuff downstate again." Amusing.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

*they're*, duh.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Randy said...

If you look closely at this "official" picture you can see there are no clocks: Beckham County Courthouse. They only recently installed them in this antique courthouse.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Wow, and I thought the cemetary at Pond Creek was a tourist high. I do think that the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City is a great thing to see and I have told others not to miss it.---Bill

5:26 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

randy - That's a nice 'official' photo. I liked reading the history of the courthouse, very cool.

bill - We visit the Cowboy Museum in May when they have their chuckwagon cookout. They cook everything in those cast iron skillets, from pot roast to peach cobbler.

8:17 AM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Linda, Sayre is near where I grew up. I grew up in Greer County, near Granite. Have you been to Mangum?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

tracy - No, I haven't, Greer isn't one of my counties. One of the clerks in Sayre said that she grew up in Mangum and that people always wanted to pronounce it Magnum. She said they ordered hundreds of dollars of sports equipment when she was in high school and it came back saying Magnum!

8:27 AM  

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