477. Antlers, Pushmataha County (OK71)

This is like the white label generic version of courthouses. It’s like someone decided to take an elementary school kit from the 30’s or 40’s (I assume they got the kit from Sears, but who knows?), threw it together and voila!, welcome to the seat of County government! I guess it’s OK, but I’m not impressed. It’s (not unexpectedly) red brick so that’s probably taking some style points away from it for me. May I also point out that I almost had a heart attack when I was getting ready to write this. I usually take a few moments before I start putting proverbial words to proverbial paper to make sure that I’ve got this straight and all that good stuff. When I looked up the Pushmataha County Courthouse and kept seeing images of an all white building, I felt a sinking feeling that signified that I might have to go back. Admittedly, had that been the case, it wouldn’t have been too much of a hardship since it’s not too far from where my daughters live, but the idea of going back still didn’t enthuse me. I double checked my photographs though, and yes, I did get a photograph of the giant band across the top of the building that says “Pushmataha County Court House”. Did I get a different face of the building? Did they formerly whitewash it and just stopped? Did they do repairs on the façade with a different brick type? Has it always been a photoreactive brick? Did Christo do one last art installation? Who knows? What I do know is that this is certainly a good enough photograph for my purposes. My palpitations could finally subside…

Thank the caching Gods for a quick and easy lamppost! My connection here was terrible, and since this trip was not planned as I am usually wont to do, I didn’t have a list for the area. I was wondering how I was going to find one with such bad signal. I wouldn’t have the option of a local library at that hour of the morning. Usually Cachly is my hero at times like this, but there wasn’t enough. But never fear! I cracked open the original Geocaching App. I keep it around as a backup and because I think its geolocation is slightly better at short range (<50 feet). It was able to work with what little signal there was and get me to one fairly close to the courthouse. I did what needed to be done and got ready to leave town. Of course, maps weren’t updating as they should have, so getting to my next destination would be a little more complicated, especially since I had forgotten my handy dandy map book. That was alright, though. I had a pretty good idea where I needed to go. I also turned out to be totally wrong. Since I didn’t do my normal over-preparing for this trip, I didn’t know they lay of the land as well as I thought I might. As a consequence, a 45 minute drive turned into an hour and a half drive! My lack of preparation was losing me time left and right it felt like! That was alright, too. It just meant that it would be sunlit when I arrived in…

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