New Salem, North Dakota

New Salem, North Dakota – Flashback Friday

Caption (Original Description) New Salem, North Dakota Photographer John Vachon Created February 1942 Location New Salem, Morton, North Dakota Classification (Original Tagging System) Cities and Towns Towns and Small Cities Streets Lot Number (Shooting Assignment) 402 Call Number (Library of Congress) LC-USF34-064751
New Salem, North Dakota, (circa 1942) Photographer – John Vachon for the FSA

I don’t often get to show historical images, but Yale University just released 170,000 images from the Farm Security Administration’s depression era photo collection and I decided to check and see if I could find anything that I have photographed.

I decided to start with the latest photos I have made, which meant I was looking over the images from North Dakota. In recent years I have started taking photos of the small town I go through, abandoned, or not. So I was delighted to see that I had an almost perfect match for one of FSA photographer John Vachon’s images from the town of New Salem, North Dakota.

 

New Salem, North Dakota. Photo copyright of Vincent David Johnson. http://www.LostAmericana.com
New Salem, North Dakota, (circa 2015)
Photographer – Vincent David Johnson

While New Salem is a few miles off the highway, I’m a sucker for road side attractions. I have to say I wouldn’t have made this stop if it wasn’t for Salem Sue (pictured below). The world’s largest Holstein Cow.

Salem Sue, the World's Largest Holstein Cow., just off I-90 at the New Salem, North Dakota  exit. Photo copyright of Vincent David Johnson. http://www.LostAmericana.com
Salem Sue, the World’s Largest Holstein Cow., just off I-90 at the New Salem, North Dakota exit.
Photo copyright of Vincent David Johnson. http://www.LostAmericana.com

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