A new photographic exhibit at the Oklahoma Historical Society highlights the role of railroads in that state. “Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” includes 25 images of the historic locomotives and railroad lines that passed thru Oklahoma. Those lines included the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (known as the “Katy”), the Sante Fe, and the Kansas City Southern.
Preston George began taking photos of trains and rail scenes in the Great Depression and carried that passion past World War Two. George often concentrated on steam locomotives, whether pulling freight or passenger cars. The ongoing exhibit also includes several images of Oklahoma metro lines and trolleys.
The work of George is also featured in a new book of the same title, Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George (2017), written by Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, the hard-cover tome runs 208 pages.
The following interview clip produced by Oklahoma Horizon TV takes a closer look at the Preston George exhibit and the importance of the railroad to the state:
For further information about the exhibit, visit the official link at Preston George Rail Photos.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)