County seat - Stigler / County population per 2000 Census - 11,792
So were back in the saddle again for another set of counties. At the end of January we got a nice blast of warm air that pushed temperatures up into the 70's for one Saturday afternoon. That was shortly before we got dumped on by over 26 inches of snow in a 2 week period along with sub-arctic temperatures that plunged down to -12 F here at home. It was worse in Bartlesville where they hit the coldest recorded temperature of all time for Oklahoma at -28 F! Luckily we chose that warm weekend to do a little day road trip that took us to Haskell, Sequoyah, Adair, and Cherokee counties.
Our first stop of the day was the Haskell County courthouse in Stigler to make the official log of the county. You might remember this tiny town of under 3,000 making the national news with its display of the 10 commandments on the courthouse front lawn. The federal courts made them remove the display which was probably a good thing since they forgot to proofread the 7th commandment and left the letter "e" out of the word adultery.
After our visit to the courthouse we continued east through Stigler and headed towards Sequoyah county. Along the way we turned down an old dirt road that went down the edge of an arm of the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir. On this road we found the small and quite old Simon Isaac Cemetery. That's were we took our photo for this county. Along the edge of the fence in the middle of several small evergreen trees was on old moldy leather and metal dining room chair. Not sure why it was in the cemetery or why it had obviously been there for quite some time. Nevertheless I decided it would make an interesting addition to our photos.
Stay tuned for more counties coming soon, including the first 77 counties photo featuring an actual human. You won't want to miss the odd little piece of roadside art we found in Adair county.