Sometimes when we explore, there are little places that stay with us as we continue on. Places where I find myself daydreaming about what it would be like to live there.
While spending some time in the northwest corner of North Dakota, we found this house.
We waded through tall grasses, grown up around buildings, and fell in love with it all.
Peeking through sheer-curtained windows on tip-toes, it looked as if someone had just gone off to town one day, and left everything as is. Everything pretty and in it's place.
We were staying on the next farm over, so we were able to get some background on the house. The woman who lived there had lived in this house until recent years, without running water, or protection from those North Dakota winds. (Some homesteads we came across looked as if their settlers couldn't plant enough trees around their dwellings for protection. Others, not a single tree. This was one without.) She had been moved to town in her late age.
We learned most people who had farms out on this land kept houses in town, so kids could get to school, and anyone who had a job in town could get there throughout the winter whiteouts & drifted closed roads.
Aside from being very weathered & not being painted in many years, the house still stood straight against the prairie winds.
Doors were locked up, but there was already a broken window or two. Left abandoned, things won't hold up for long.
The outbuildings were left filled with every kind of farm tool treasure.
We were smitten with the tidy twin granary buildings.
We explored several abandoned homesteads.. each one unique. So much beauty in that vast country. So many places left behind. Most are nearly blown over, gone, or taken over by raccoons. This one stood like a small museum, which maybe led to it's appeal to us. There was so much left to be salvaged here, and I still wonder about it from time to time.
You can see more of our photos from the prairie here:
Northwest North Dakota, Prairie Pothole Region : A 20 photo Tour
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