With the advent of satellite navigation, we’re never truly lost anymore, but there are those times when we run across a former road that’s now underwater, or has fallen into disuse, and we’re forced to take an unplanned route to our next destination, and it frequently turns into a blessing in disguise, because we often run into out-of-the-way places that we didn’t know about beforehand. This former prairie farmstead was one of those pleasant surprises.
We were just tooling down a back road in South Dakota, enjoying the drive over rolling hills on a vibrant green prairie, when we came upon this place.
When we run across places like this, we can’t help but think about the days when pioneers came to the Great Plains on covered wagons, across rutted wagon trails, when there were no roads (remember those opening scenes from Little House on the Prairie?). It makes one appreciate the hardship those settlers endured, and in contrast, you sometimes feel a longing for those simpler times and the adventure of going somewhere new to start a life from the ground up.
Obviously, this homestead is from a later era, when railroad transportation was the method of the day, but this scenery still evokes the feeling of those days gone by.
Look at all those trees!
For miles in every direction, it’s just prairie and farmland. Aside from one utility line running by the front of this place, there’s virtually nothing to suggest the time we live in.
We visited this place in 2015, and we’re not sure if it’s still privately owned or if it’s gone back to the county due to back taxes, which is a common occurrence, but we’re not revealing the exact location of this place out of respect for the property owner, whomever that may be.
If you’re feeling bored, grab a camera and try getting lost on the prairie. You’ll be glad you did.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2017 Sonic Tremor Media