Photographer's Note

I've posted a number of pictures of abandoned homesteads located throughout the high plains of the United States. About 100 yrs ago, soon after the first rails were laid through the area thousands of people moved to this area to start new lives. Hundreds of towns were established across the region. Initially the area was in a wet phase of weather, but soon the weather began to return to the norm, with much more arid condidtions. Eventually people gave up and moved on because they could not support theirselves, nor their families on the land.

Today, larger farmers are buying up these properties and allowing the old homesteads erected by the pioneers to fall into decay. Often they are razed to prevent the "gypsies and travelers" from squatting and bringing with them the problems they seem to bring to them. So one by one, these old homes are disappearing and their stories lost to the ages.

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