After stopping in Tahlequah for the morning, meandered south past Tenkiller Lake to Gore, Oklahoma. I saw on my GPS a marker I had placed earlier for an Oklahoma Ghost Town, so drove 2 miles east of Gore on Highway 64 to the former Old Settlers Band of Cherokee’s capitol. Built around 1828, these buildings are considered the oldest capitol buildings in Oklahoma and were named after Cherokee Chief Tahlonteeskee, who presided over the Cherokee Nation from 1809 to 1818.
When I stopped by several years prior, the buildings were in great shape and were being maintained by someone – either the Oklahoma Historical Society or the Cherokee Nation – not sure who. Now the building site empty and in the early stages of decay. I took about 45 minutes to grab some pictures with my Toyo 45a view camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film. Like before, I had underexposed the images because I was reading my light meter incorrectly so I ended up push processing the images 2 stops.