Selling the Farm: 12 Vintage Pictures of Abandoned Farms

Farming has never been easy, but never more so than in the hard years of the Great Depression. Years of drought combined with overworked land saw thousands upon thousands of farmers simply left their farms behind, seeking a better life elsewhere.

We took a trip through the photo archives of the Library of Congress to find some the most forlorn abandoned farms from that time period.

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Abandoned farm, Nebraska. c. 1938
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Abandoned farm, Ottawa County, Kansas. c. 1938
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Old buggy in a field of daisies near Vian, Oklahoma, on abandoned farm. c. 1939
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Abandoned tenant house. Hall County, Texas. c. 1937
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Washington, Klickitat County, near Goldendale. Wheat country, abandoned farm in foreground, occupied farm beyond. Heard in local filling station: “Well, heck, the large farmers are buying out the small farmers and taking over the country. The farmers have to do it in dry land farming to build their land up to where it was. The little fellows are off to the four winds.”c. 1939

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An abandoned farm in the central Oregon development area. Jefferson County, Oregon. c. 1936
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Farm implements on an abandoned farm in the Central Oregon. c. 1936
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Abandoned farm in the Oregon drought area. c. 1936
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Abandoned house of small farmer. Southwest Oklahoma. c. 1937
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Carter County, Oklahoma. Abandoned land, exhausted soil. c. 1937
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Abandoned farm. West Virginia. c. 1938
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Abandoned farm buildings near New Lisbon, Wisconsin. c. 1937

Selling the Farm: 12 Vintage Pictures of Abandoned Farms