These old weathered structures embody the spirit of early settlers
determined to eek out an existence from the land. And yet with
the passage of time, for any number of reasons, these family
farms, churches and stores were eventually abandoned and left
to slowly surrender to the elements. An aging population leading
to the retirement of the original settlers, an offspring unwilling
to continue the rural lifestyle, migration to larger urban centers
and automation of farm equipment have all contributed to the
demise of early prairie history.
It is so important to record this history and the way of life
that once existed for the vanishing rural architecture is quickly
disappearing. With every passing year many of these early pioneer
country buildings are collapsing into rubble and decay.