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The Road to Lost Americana

Gove County, Kansas

In the middle of Western Kansas farmland in Gove County sits Monument Rocks, a chalk formation that peaks out of ground creating a strange landscape in this otherwise flat area, Jan. 26, 2008. Photo Vincent David Johnson. This Western Kansas
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Synder, Dodge County, Nebraska

Platted in 1886 and incorporated 4 years later, Synder has pretty much had a population in the 300s ever since it was founded.
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Sims, North Dakota

Very little remains of Sim, Morton County, North Dakota. A crumbling brick home being one of the few structures left.
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My Instagram Bottom 9; Because 2020 Sucked

Yeah, 2020 was awful. So why not embrace that before 2021 says "hold my beer!" So sticking with a theme, here's a look at my posts that sucked the most during 2020. The Lost Americana bottom 9.
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Rural Matters: A Small Town Texas Mayor Faces A Major Turn-around Project

In a 2018 interview with Stamford, Texas mayor James Decker, he talks about the challenges ahead for an area that has been slowly dying. Not surprisingly he sees better days ahead. That's probably what got him elected.
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150 Year Old Brewery For Sale Illinois

For sale, old brewery on 2 acres with over 150 years of history in a small town just over an hour from Chicago. What are you waiting for?
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A road trip I never took, but have already been on.

This week I’m going to set off like I normally do every few months, on a road trip documenting rural America... I know what I’m going to find and it hasn’t changed for almost three decades now.
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Baseball’s Fading Gems: Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Lost Americana is going a bit off the topic from looking at fading small rural towns, for a brief few posts to explore the few remaining old ballparks in America. The center field scoreboard at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama
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The Return of the Drive-in Movie Theater

As social distancing becomes the norm, are drive-ins are making a return. Sadly it may may not last.
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Rural Schools: A Battle Between The Unvictorious

Like many small rural high schools enrollments were continuing to shrink and the consolidation of schools is an almost annual occurrence in many state.
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Rural Population Decline Hits Fastest Growing State, Texas Hard

Even though Texas is one of the fastest growing states over the last two decades, some of its counties have seen the highest percent of population decline of any state in the last 50 years
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A Lost Americana book, personalized just for you.

The email list is growing and that means a one of a kind book giveaway. About two years ago when I started a real email list to stay directly in contact with those of you interested in the art and
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