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June 2, 2013

Here are pictures of places within a short drive of my house…just in case you are curious, and I know you aren’t…
abandoned rose

When houses and outbuildings from farms are torn down, if there are too many foundations remaining, sometimes there are beautiful remnants where big fields can’t be planted…

ammonia tanks

Yeah, the farmers use anhydrous ammonia for fertilizer. Never had a need for this before GMO foods. This shit is right next to my house, and it REEKS!

bus stop edit

In 1970, (yeah 1970) there wasn’t a need for a Bus Stop, the kids still walked to their little school houses.

co op

This gigantic “elevator” is where your corn and wheat and soybeans are stored… until they become a destructive force in your body, anyway…that is about 140′ tall. That is about 14 stories tall for you city folks.

daily bread

A hulking old beast left over from the beginning of  “the new era of Big AGRA”  advertises for “Our Daily Bread” Bakery this is threshing machine.  Use google if you are confused…

farms now

House is gone, but the farm lives on.It is devoid of its former life – other than the structures that store field crops (i.e. grains) and the shed for the machines that plant, spray and harvest them so the S.A.D. lives on


Yeah, here is the entrance to the “root cellar” of a house that used to be home to a family.  There are still jars of home-canned goods there waiting to be eaten 20-30-40 years later…  but the people they wait to serve are long gone. The sign tells you that the corporation that has taken over will never allow you to breathe life into this home, HOME again…

homestead gone

Yet another example of the mass exodus of family farmers, via our banking system…owner of this farm committed suicide when his place was taken over in the 80’s… word is it is haunted by his distraught soul.

Independence crossing river

The barn in the distance stands in silent testament to the family homestead that used to be there… 


I wonder at the woman (and it was a woman) who planted these flowers to make the homestead pretty for her family in the few stolen moments she had in between cooking, cleaning, teaching and tending livestock chores while her husband broke and tended the rocky ground to raise a crop that sustained the family.

miles of nothing

These are wagon swales… the tracks left by wagon trains headed West.  Independence Crossing is just past the treeline… Use your search engine… XOXO

not a feed lot

For you city dwellers… This is the life of your next hamburger. Yes, it may live in a feedlot, a/k/a CAFO for the last 3-4 weeks of it’s life, (this is a steer) but for the most part, your Food lives on grass in a pasture despite what PETA would have you think.

pink rosebud

Luckily, that steer has the natural instincts to avoid thorny or poisonous plants…

ribbons of highway

The trip to the finishing yard (also called feedlot) looks like this.

still not a feedlot

This scene is the life of your steak’s progeny… A momma cow and a bull (sorry I do not have the lens to show you that it is, indeed, a BULL)  keep on grazing the land…Seriously, does it look to you like they are starving on grass?

yellow iris

Welcome to flyover country.  If you are  US citizen, this is where your food is grown.  My farmers, my friends, the dudes growing your food, wish you all the best.  They do not grow things that will harm you, they (we) just do the best possible thing to make sure you can eat… If it not “paleo” or “proper” at least know that it is not caged, beaten or force-fed, or constantly injected with hormones or this-that-and the other vile pharmaceutical.  

Despite what city-dwellers think of us here in flyover country… I do heavily edit my photos so you can’t tell exactly where we are, but the stories, or the hints of them are absolutely real… our ruins stand in photos (unedited because I suck at photoshop) to show you a view of the world you may never otherwise see.

Love to everyone, health and blessings from Kansas


  1. David Sutton permalink

    Wonderful pictures. My Grandma lived on her farm to the day she died’ It was a beautiful place, and my two brothers and I would spend summers bailing hay, and doing the endless chores that were a part of a dairy farm.
    I really miss that place.

  2. Thanks, David. I am glad to know that someone can relate to the pictures. I am curious to know what happened to your Grandma’s farm? I hope you still have it in the family to enjoy.

  3. Beautiful, Sadie. Once our kids get a little older, our family vacations are going to be all about piling into an RV and seeing this country. My husband promised me that once the girls have read all of the books, we’ll do the Laura Ingalls Wilder tour of the prairies, ending in DeSmet and visiting the memorial homestead there. What can I say, I am still caught up in the romance and drama of pioneer life, and I started reading Little House when I was in second grade. I think you’ve captured a little of what she must have seen, and a lot of what was lost, in this photo blog.

    For now, I mini-farm our modest half-acre on the East Coast and pray that war and a rapacious government don’t take even that little bit from us.

    • Cranberry, As you can see by the picture with the wagon swales, I am on the Oregon Trail, and also the pony Express passed through here as well. Alcove Spring (Donner Party grandmother died here) is just a few miles from here. It would have been nearly impossible to not capture what Laura Ingalls Wilder saw, as much of what she saw remains relatively untouched. If you are going to tour the prairies, you will want to check out Homestead National Monument (Homestead Days would be a wonderful time to visit) located outside Beatrice, NE. If you didn’t read the previous post, there are lots of pictures (use the link at the end of the post) of the big car show in Marysville, KS which might be a nice break from prairies (location of the Pony Express Museum). In addition, if you want to see histtory, check out Poineer Village in Minden, NE, which has a mind-blowing collection of pretty much everything from household appliances to cars, trains and tractors.

      Oh, and please have your girls read this:

  4. There is no place like home.

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