"As of the census of 2010, there were 2,740 people, a decrease of 5.78% since 2000." I don't think 2020 will show reversed results. Wikipedia also notes:

Commerce, a newspaper, a hotel, and the county courthouse all followed soon after, as did violence between cowboys and settlers. The town experienced two distinct economic booms: the first, short-lived, with the construction of the Wichita Valley rail line in 1880, and the second due to the discovery of oil in 1906.

Population was almost 4000 in 1950, and stayed at that level for the next few decades.

Two buildings, yet they behave like two:

Whoever owned the corner knew better than to go along with the dreaded Shingled Awning.

Sometimes a building reminds you of a movie version of a frightened blind person, staring sightlessly at a point about six feet in the air:



It if was a bank, I don't think it's taking deposits today:

The town may have started its decline in the 80s, but this building seems to have faded long before that. Yet there it stands. Every day.

Not all the buidings are empty; a bench outside is usually a good sign.


Even if the shingled roof isn't. Note the steps from the street ot the sidewalk - no idea why. Protection against a gullywasher?

Suddenly, without pity, the sixties intervened:


Of course it's a bank. It's always a bank.

Someone's hope, someone's pride and joy. Possibly Bill's.

Doesn't seem to be anything in the store, but the parking spots are taken. Something has to be going on downtown - but "what" and "where" seem to be closely guarded secrets.

I'm so sorry this had to happen.


It won't happen again.

Downtown trees, a popular revitalization idea in the 70s and 60s, have the unfortunate effect of making places look haunted.


Whatever they sold here, it wasn't anything fun. It couldn't have been.

60s'-style eyebrow awnings on this building: big fake eyelashes on Grandma in an open casket.

Another rebuild storefront, with the deep windows common to 50s / 60s renovations. Shoes? Hats? Kids clothes? Some old timer would know. There's a phone book somewhere that has the information.

Possibly the Museum's staff might know, and I'll bet they do.


If it's still open. The webpage - if I have the right place - hasn't been updated since 2009.

I'll leave the google error in, because it seems to fit.

It's the streetlight that really completes the picture.