Last winter for McLean County Courthouse
Exiting 2010 gives everyone a chance to catch a glimpse of something they won’t see again. Yes, a year gone by, but so will be this stately seat of local government — the McLean County Courthouse. It’s a health hazard. It’s been standing on the hill overlooking the Missouri River for 100 years. It’s had a couple of upgrades but now it’s in such bad shape it is will be replaced. It took two elections for voters to approve the replacement, but by December 2011, this will not be the scene. One of the last Romanesque courthouses will be gone.
Some places in North Dakota hang on even though they’ve outlived their usefulness. That’s the story with this abandoned farm house south of Washburn. Though it’s been empty for decades, it still resists winter’s blows and snows.
Images of days gone by, captured by camera will be increasingly rare. As courthouses and other stately structures give way to modern buildings, I hope to capture all I can of what once was.
A touch of old style
Winter has set in. It’s a time of year when color is washed from the horizon. It’s an annual event handled much more easily now than 75 years ago. Yet for some reason, we tend to romanticize “yesteryear.” At least I do.
I spotted this abandoned farmstead between Wilton and Mercer. I was specifically looking for images that would lend themselves to a bit of post-processing. I was looking for a scene that resembled photos from another era — a more “romantic” era.
The fact is, it’s much more “romantic” in photo than in real life. That’s the work of our minds to fill in the gaps of the story laid before us. In real life, it can be cold, depressing and non-thrilling.
Do you ever take time to look at old photos and reminisce?
Toward sunset I was headed back to town and thought I’d see what these markers of a bygone era look like — and then enhanced when I got home. It’s probably a more accurate reflection of “yesteryear.”
Wilton cemetery in the evening