I drove a truck while up in North Dakota. I drove all over the Northwest corner of the state. On my first day driving around I saw an old school house and I wanted to take a picture of it. I saw something inside the door of this school house and was surprised when I stopped the next day to take a picture what it was in the door.
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I was unsure how far I could enter the school house this being my second day driving around, but for a while I would look at this place as I passed it and wonder what it was like back when this place was built.
I later discovered that Schools like this one were part of what in North Dakota is called a township. A 5 or 6 square mile area that served the farms and any communities that sprang up in that township. In these townships was also a church, most likely a Lutheran Church, and sometimes they sat side by side.
I started taking pictures of any cool looking school or church, and finally any abandoned farms with cool houses or barns.
Several months later just before my first winter there in North Dakota I was much more brave and I took a look inside this school house. Oh how all the ACLU, Atheist, god haters would go apoplectic if they saw this stuff on the walls of a school today.
I really got into taking these picture. When I got my smart phone I found out it took great pics and had a Black and White effect and a Sepia effect. It was fun to discover new roads and see all these hundred year old buildings.
I'm kind of a nostalgic guy and feel bad that these old homes, and churches, and schools are now decaying out here on the prairie. It shows what once was, out here in this desolate land, people scratching an existence out of the soil. Raising and schooling their families. Simple church going folks that found happiness even out here on this rolling prairie. Little did they know that there was billions of dollars, five miles under their feet.
I got kind of artsy with some of my pictures.
Here is the first school I took a picture of, in black and white.
The country was full of treasures if you kept your eyes open.
There are plenty of abandoned farm out here.
I love any school that still has the belfry attached, and the bell still there. That is what caught my eye on this little school house.
This next one sat next to a Canola field.
I will have to do a short post on the crops I saw growing up there.
Holy Mackerel there is a whole gang of Lutherans up in North Dakota. After the turn of the last Century Scandinavians and Germans Immigrated to this part of the country and set up to growing wheat
This church is still in use today and well kept.
We were only 50 miles from the Canadian Border and one day my kids and I drove up there and found this church. I liked the front entrance to this one. It was nice of my kids to drive up to see me, I'll post about their visit up there.
The poor towns that have died and some that are still doing a slow death are still are a sad reminder that this area is still very rural and hard to reach area. If you keep a minds eye open though you can kind of see the way it use to be. There is a part two about North Dakota's small old towns. I'm going to work on that next.