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just what stories some of the old buildings around the west could tell if only they could speak?
Like this spread;
I think the barn could use a new roof;
Or, how about this place, just down and across the road about a half mile?
This country that I'm in doesn't have a recorded "farmer" or "rancher" until the 1910s. (The Pioneers before then were gold or coal miners or trappers.) Therefore we have a great number of abandoned homesteads from the 20s and 30s that, though abandoned, are still standing or almost standing. Every time I drive by one I wonder what the stories are that go with it, just as I wonder who lived, loved, laughed and left the buildings in these photos. There are thousands of hours of life in these pictures.
And think of all the neighbour buildings, a mile or a 100 miles away that have left absolutley no trace!
That roof could also use a new barn.
Actually it reminds me of a ranch north of Truckee on Hwy 89. The family stills summers there and runs cattle in the Sierra Nevada. But the barn remains, tipping a little further each year. They even braced it on one side. My question is Why? It doesn't look like it functions for any reason other than to tantilize passers-by who bet on when it will finally collapse.
If one has been doing something that one's partner takes exception too (that is, something she EXPRESSLY FORBID you to do ever again; you're are just so INCONSIDERATE...) then it is nice to have a dog house to which one may retire which is not actually a dog house.
That's an awfully nice dog house (second picture that is). Looks snug and cozy in this winter scene. By the way, Dave, where is this little Shangri La located?
I ain't Dave, but I took these pictures in the Black Hills, on Highway 14 about 25 miles south of Deadwood.
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