Pictured here are picnickers who have just gotten out of the passenger cars for a day of relaxation. They are employees of the Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf railroad, a short-line transportation company based in Muskogee.
The occasion was the summer picnic at Spring Creek, a train stop about twenty-five miles north of the home office on the way to Miami. In the early 1920’s, the KO&G ran excursion trains twice a day around July 4th to Miami and back so that individuals and families could have a break from the summer heat. The fare to Spring Creek cost between a dollar and $1.13 per person.
At the Spring Creek stop, there was no depot. The shed on the left provided some relief from the elements. For the railroad, there was a wooden water tank and trestle across the creek that offered cool spring water brimming with fish.
One of the railroad employees was Mary Beulah Hannah who took her camera along for capturing for posterity the gaiety of the occasion. She eventually became the Administrative Assistant to the railroad president. In that capacity, she oversaw the payroll, often signing the paychecks in her own name.
Mary was Kevin Hannah’s aunt. He has loaned his aunt’s photos to the Three Rivers Museum for digital preservation.