Retired sentinals of the prairie

These little old buildings and sheds are scattered all around the country, no longer of use to anyone, but full of memories. This pair finished their lives as small grain bins, but now they would hardly hold a few large truck loads.  The building on the left was divided into three separate storage bins and the sagging doors are braced shut by the steel rims of old wooden wagon wheels. The set of exterior steps provided access to the attic which could have been a bunk house for hired hands during  many forgotten harvests.

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The original farm house is long gone and these buildings are not going to be able to withstand the strong winter winds much longer. The red paint  is almost gone and the wooden shingles are beginning to scatter across the fields.

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At the time this photo was taken little snow had fallen but the winds have been starting to build up the snow and dirt in drifts far to the west. The remains of the neighbors barn can be seen on the lonely horizon to the extreme left.

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The windows have all been boarded over to keep stored grain from escaping. The original paint under the eves is still the original barn red, hidden away where the direct prairie sun could not reach it.  The empty prairie skyline emphasizes the feeling of loneliness, experienced by new visitors.
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The north side of the building remains in the shade and encourages the growth of a bright orange yellow growth that compliments the barn boards that display various shades of grey.
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The rusty red hinges and door latch continue to do their job but the dry rot above the door mark the passage of time with a vengeance.



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