Silent Sunday: Ghost Towns, Delapidated Properties and Abandoned Structures ~ by James Corbridge

Introduction: Some of you have seen our “Oklahoma Blog” ring badge on the far right lower section of our front page.  I search through the members at times to see what people in Oklahoma are doing.  This was the way I found some photos by James Corbridge that made me reflect, appreciate times past, be sad for communities lost, and wonder what happened to some of them.  Although James’ repertoire is extensive, I’m just publishing a few shots from a particular section of his Flickr account with his permission today.  Thanks, James, for traveling around and bringing the images to us. ~ Editor, Red Dirt Chronicles

Of his time in Picher, OK James wrote: "I licked my lips. I should not have done that. From that point on, the taste in my mouth was like sucking on coins and everything smelled like a piggy bank. Perhaps it was the lack of sleep, but my head felt strange. The sun was blazing hot and my hair was soaked in sweat. I forgot all about all of these things when I saw the structures in the distance. Before I knew it, I was running across the toxic mounds of mining waste. I realized that I could not see the car or hear noises from the road. As much as I wanted to inspect the ruins, I stopped running and took a photo where I was. I turned and followed my footprints back. For a moment, I got lost. The footprints were not my own."

Old church in Fallis, Oklahoma.
Fallis, Oklahoma
Abandoned home, Fallis, OK.
Roosevelt, OK. What used to be the Bank on main street.
Wide shot - Nash's Department Store.
Interior - Nash's Department Store, Roosevelt, OK.
Close of up shot of the front door entrance to the department store.


Thank you, James, for allowing us to share your photos with our readers.

For more “abandoned” Oklahoma structures, visit Abandoned OK.



4 thoughts on “Silent Sunday: Ghost Towns, Delapidated Properties and Abandoned Structures ~ by James Corbridge”

    1. Hi, Dee – thanks for your comment. As I was looking through the photographer’s Flickr account, I had two thoughts. How will I narrow these down to just a few…and, how many more “shots” are out there of places now abandoned who once held life and humanity in our state? I would imaging one could, if they wishes, spend a great deal of time with those questions and their camera…seeking the answer. Take care, Red Dirt Kelly

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