Selling the Farm: 12 Vintage Pictures of Abandoned Farms - Modern Farmer

Selling the Farm: 12 Vintage Pictures of Abandoned Farms

From the Library of Congress photo archives, a pictorial history of abandoned farms in the Great Depression.


Abandoned farm, Nebraska. c. 1938
Abandoned farm, Ottawa County, Kansas. c. 1938
Old buggy in a field of daisies near Vian, Oklahoma, on abandoned farm. c. 1939
Abandoned tenant house. Hall County, Texas. c. 1937
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

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