To Die Every Hour

The Setting:
This is the Black Fork Station in Granger, Wyoming. It was first built in 1856 and served as a pony express station in 1859 as well as a stage station for the Overland Trail. It was subsequently named South Bend Station. In 1868, it was renamed Granger Station by the Union Pacific Railroad.

From the diary of Ruth Shackleford, 1865 –

Sunday, Aug. 12 – I have no fever, though I am very weak. About 12 o’clock today Nellie Kerford died. Frank is making her a coffin.

Aug. 14 – A very warm day. Nellie was buried about 11 o’clock on the banks of Green River, close to a ranch.

Aug. 15 – Mary Gatewood is sick. Att got some medicine for her. We all started this morning and left our old captain on the campground with his wife’s brother and little girl. He is expecting his wife to die every hour. We traveled today over very rough roads in the valley, with high mountains on each side. We are camped tonight on Black Fork, a very nice bottom.

Aug. 16 – I am very weak. Mary is no better. We came over rough roads and passed a ranch where they had butter to sell at $1.25 a pound. We crossed Ham’s Fork. Took the wrong road and camped on Black Fork.

Aug. 17 – The roads today have been tolerable good, with some rock. It rained very hard this evening. We are camped on Black Ford, 12 miles from Fort Bridger. Dr. Howard came up and gave Mary and me some medicine. Mary is no better. He charged Frank five dollars for a little quinine and morphine.

The Photo:
This photo is actually black & white. It was shot on black & white film and developed in black & white chemicals. However, it is also three photos, each taken with a red, green, and blue filter. Traditionally, these positives would be aligned and projected by three projectors onto a single screen. Each projector would have a red, green, and blue gel over it, coloring their photos. When combined, the three tinted photos would create a single full-color photo. Today, we can do the “projecting” via Gimp or Photoshop, etc.

‘To Die Every Hour’

Camera: Ricoh KR-5 (1979)
Film: Kodak Direct Positive Panchromatic 5246 (x-7/1977); 64iso
Process: HC-110; 1+100; 60min

Granger, Wyoming


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