Oklahoma has its share of Wild West adventure stories and a plethora of ghost towns. The ghost town of Ingalls sits on a now quiet crossroads with a few residences and the abandoned remains of the Ingalls Hotel and Saloon.
The old buildings look like an Old West movie set. Surrounded by short trees and fields of wheat, they don’t quite fit the expectation created by the movies.
Ingalls was far from quiet in 1893. The small town became the site of one of the most notorious outlaw shoot-outs in wild west history – ending in the deaths of three marshals, a single resident and the capture of one of the outlaws.
The Doolin-Dalton (Oklahombre) gang decided to linger in the dusty town for a little too long. Ingalls was a peaceful community likely unwilling, indifferent of simply afraid to mess with their outlaw guests. Despite the warning that the marshals were coming, members of the gang went on with their card games and one of the outlaws, “Arkansas Tom” Jones, laid sick in his second floor room. It was at the window of that hotel room he fired shots at the deputies and was arrested by the survivors after the shootout. (See the U.S. Marshall‘s site for more.)
On the way home along Route 66, was a small ruin just east of Arcadia (above). Once a gas station built in the teens or 20’s, its history includes counterfeiting and murder. (See the story in the photo below – click on it to enlarge)
I played with copies of old newspapers from the day to create a dusty background collage for this mixed media experiment. The photo at the top of the post was converted into black and white and laid as a transfer – ghost-like over the collage. Still playing. I am doing more etching at the moment, so hopefully I’ll be able to share something cool in the next few weeks!