Miranda, South Dakota is in Faulk County, about forty miles southwest of Aberdeen. The scenery on the way to Miranda was awesome; like being adrift on a sea of prairie in places, with barely a power line or telephone pole to be seen. Miranda is an unincorporated community of about a half dozen inhabited residences, and upon arrival I was pleased to discover it had a number of vacant and abandoned places to shoot.
On the south end of Pine Street — the community hall is on the left, a former tavern is in the middle, and the general store is on the right. All three were vacant on the day I visited.
Although it looks like a house, this is actually the former Miranda School, on Third Street.
This is the former Miranda State Bank building, on the opposite side of Pine Street. It is the second structure to wear the name Miranda State Bank since 1905. After it ceased business as a bank, a resident lived in it for a time. It is empty now.
Miranda’s closed Methodist Church.
There was once a Chicago and North Western Railroad depot in Miranda, but it was purchased, restored and moved to a spot near Ipswich in the nineties.
The Miranda general store closed for the final time in 1984.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to Miranda, South Dakota.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media