This iconic view is largely a result of the work of Dr. Delano Braziel, a retired art professor, master potter and native son of Pitts, who has worked diligently to restore the appearance of his hometown. I finally got to meet Dr. Braziel and his son, Jim, on a recent visit and have an even greater appreciation for this place than I did before. “Dr. B” notes that Pitts was founded in the late 1800s and incorporated in 1905. At its peak there were 33 stores and businesses in the town, as well as three doctors. His father, J. H. Braziel operated a general store until December 1971. It was the last business of its kind in Pitts and signaled the end of an era. (From the description of his painting “Downtown Pitts”, © Delano Braziel, 2010).
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While photographing in Pitts one day, I was told that this was the old movie theatre. Though it’s hard to imagine a town as small as Pitts having a theatre, it was once a much busier place. Robert Jett notes that this was Jett’s Hardware, operated by his father, E. B. Jett, from about 1955 to 1960; he confirms that it was used as a theatre before then.
Pitts is a great place for a photographer of rural subjects to find himself. There are great old buildings restored in varying degrees by local son Delano Braziel and other concerned folk. Pitts may never be a thriving railroad town as it once was, but it’s definitely worth driving a little out of the way to find. Spend an hour or so walking around with your camera and you’ll return.