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The Bulldozers Came
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deadcarp    Posted 04-06-2004 at 05:49:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
well that's a surprise. You use something for years and never really take notice. Went by mom's old place a couple weeks ago, and there were some pieces of equipment parked in the driveway. They'd been cutting down the trees in the yard and i wondered what the plan was. Course the buildings were empty. Went by yesterday, no more buildings. What was trees, barn, garage & house are now part of that smoldering kindling pile. It's funny though, i thought well that's okay, nobody needs that place anymore and we have pictures and memories. And the ghosts might have moved on now. All the fresh dirt dips and mounds sorta look like a battlefield. But the only thing i'll really miss and probably never got a picture of is the rhubarb patch. Isn't it strange to miss something like that?

Nwegen    Posted 04-06-2004 at 07:44:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've lived in only 3 houses in my life, the one I grew up in, the one I live in now, and a brief stay in the house my parents bought when they moved to town. The only one that has any real semeimental value to me is the one I live in now, it's the family farm on m y mothers side. I'm the 3rd generation to own and work this land and I plan to be here for the rest of my life. I had to fight long and hard to get it {long story}, so you better believe somebody would have to fight longer and harder to get it away from me!!

Stormie    Posted 04-06-2004 at 07:27:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandma & grandpa lived beside me my whole life. After they passed away the people who moved in told my parents they were going to be cutting down all the fruit trees, lilac bushes and flower gardens. She was nice enough to let us have whatever flower bulbs we wanted. So every year I get a little bit of grandmas garden right here at my home.

KellyGa    Posted 04-06-2004 at 07:10:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate to hear they have come out there. Have any idea what they are going to do? Probably build one of those cookie cutter subdivisions, where the houses are 2 inches apart, with on yard, and no real trees. Thats what we have all over the place here. It's just plain ugly. I don't understand why anybody would want to live all squashed up to other people like that.

Glad you have pictures and memories. :) Priceless.

Bob    Posted 04-06-2004 at 07:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know what's almost more sad than seeing farmsteads trashed for subdivisions...

That's farmsteads trashed to leave NOTHING!

Where I'm at, in northern North Dakota, one at a time farmsteads are burned, bulldozed, and reduced to nothing but bare prairie. Economic conditions have dictated farms here must be unbelievably large to survive, and almost all our young people leave the area, so there is no place for, or need of, so many of the farmsteads.

Where there used to be several farms per section, now the farmsteads are MILES apart, and in between, NOTHING. All the hopes and dreams of pioneer families, all the heartache and dust and sweat of those who survived the dustbowl and depression completely wiped out. It seems weird, but after a couple of years, I can drive past former farmyards where I played as a kid that are now wheat or canola fields, and almost forget what was. What a sad end to the pioneer legacy!

~Lenore    Posted 04-06-2004 at 08:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Life, progress, things change.
I have a friend here in Texas who is moving to North Dakota in about a month.
That is where his wife's family is.
He met her in college here in Texas and married and they have lived here for two years.
Now they are going to try North Dakota.
It will be a very big change for him!

Bob    Posted 04-06-2004 at 10:44:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
What area of the state, if I may ask?

Dan    Posted 04-06-2004 at 06:44:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good morning fellas, my brother passed away in '84 within a year his widow sold the home place where I grew up, its a subdivision now,still kind of hurts when I drive by.Dan in AB

Ron,ar    Posted 04-06-2004 at 06:14:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I grew up down close to Houston, my family is still there. After my Mother's funeral, as I drove away from the house I told my wife I would probably never see that house again. Sure enough Dad sold the house not long afterward and moved to the farm. That was ten years ago, I wish I had spent more of my grown life there.

jeanette    Posted 04-06-2004 at 07:02:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
the house where i grew up still stands, coarse now they store corn in it.

edinct    Posted 04-06-2004 at 08:13:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another sad thing is when people let a nice property go to trash. My grandfather always had a beautiful manicured yard, he spent countless hours out there, and now when I drive by the new owners are letting the place fall apart.
What a shame.

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