Smoke Over Oklahoma: How Railroads Tamed the Territory
- Venue: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (map details)
- Dates: Sat, July 7, 2018 -Mon, September 3, 2018
- Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Contact: Chisholm Trial Heritage Center
- Telephone: (580) 252-6692
The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
July 7 – Sept. 3, 2018 (Opening Date Tentative)
“Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” will be the second exhibit during the summer of 2018.
Photographer Preston George became interested in the steam locomotives during the Great Depression, and captured black and white images using a Kodak camera. Eventually, he switched to a Graflex camera to photograph the trains as they cruised through Oklahoma. This exhibit is from the Oklahoma History Center and the Heritage Center staff and members are excited for its arrival.
Numerous railroad lines traversed through Oklahoma – including the Frisco, the Katy and heavy duty locomotives from the Kansas City Southern and Santa Fe lines. The community of Duncan’s history is definitely connected to the railroad industry, which even today, promotes an active railroad organization and is home to the Rock Island 905 Historical Museum, located in Fuqua Park. Longtime CTHC Association member Rick Duncan has installed a working model railroad in the center of the room that will be on display all summer. Rick has been collecting trains since he was five-years-old. He is also a member of the SouthWest Oklahoma Railroad Association (SWORA). Duncan’s interactive train set should delight all ages.
Images to be featured in this exhibit are included in a book of the same title, by author Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr. which is available in our gift shop.