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UER Forum > Archived US: South > Lonely old homestead (Viewed 422 times)
dwtaylor999 


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Lonely old homestead
< on 8/23/2011 9:20 PM >
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Since it's been a tad bit warm, I've been digging though my old stuff, trying to find something not to hideously boring to post. I came across this in the early spring..

This old homestead is somewhat interesting because of it's historical ties. Built after the Oklahoma land run of 1893, this was a true pioneer home, consisting of a single room built from local field stone and included a hand dug well, cellar, and cedar shake roof. Heat and cooking would have been from a wood stove and lighting from "coal oil" lamps.




Located in extreme northern Pawnee county, the homestead was located on a ridge overlooking the rich Arkansas river bottom, with the river only a mile or so away.




The home was never "modernized", i.e. no indoor plumbing or electricity. Other than generators, electricity wouldn't become available in the rural communities until the creation of the rural electric cooperatives under the "New Deal" in the late 30's.




There were improvements, such as cementing the well and adding a steel cap. Old oil field pipe was used to build a sturdy clothes line and a shed/barn of wood and early tin was also built behind the home.










I found an elderly lady who was born and raised in the area, now in her very late 80's, who was pretty sure the home was abandoned in the early 1930's during the worst of the dust bowl and Great Depression. She remembered as a young girl many of their "neighbors" packing everything they had onto their cars and simply leaving.











These abandoned properties were eventually seized by the county for back taxes and auctioned off. There was a perceptible sense the sadness that hung over the place.








This simple structure is a physical embodiment of the land run, dust bowl, and Great Depression. The homestead represents an incredible amount of labor and hardship to build a life, only to end up having to walk away.





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Re: Lonely old homestead
<Reply # 1 on 8/23/2011 11:46 PM >
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Good photos, heartbreaking story.

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Re: Lonely old homestead
<Reply # 2 on 8/23/2011 11:53 PM >
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Posted by barefootpoetry
Good photos, heartbreaking story.


Agreed...your documentation of these places is always captivating.

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Re: Lonely old homestead
<Reply # 3 on 8/25/2011 3:31 AM >
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Posted by dwtaylor999

The homestead represents an incredible amount of labor and hardship to build a life, only to end up having to walk away.



I agree with the others. I love the way you document these stories. You bring them to life every time. And this quote above is so true, then and now.

And while I do realize that some of the stories happening currently are self inflicted from "over extending", many of them aren't. Some good, hard working, honest people, are simply loosing everything they've worked for all their life. This story really reflects the hard times a lot of families have faced in the past, and some are facing now.

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