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Kansas sodhouse

Kansas sodhouse

Seeing that someone had just done it reminded me of this very old print I bought 10 years ago at an antique shop in Oberlin, Kansas. These pictures of immigrants posing in front of their sodhouses have a particular appeal for me. This one had even more because I bought it, I guess, just some miles away from where this house had stood. I have seen many of them, and I still think this is one of the best. View full size.

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Deluxe Soddy

Great photo, Ray! Any idea just how far from Oberlin this place was? This sod house is unusual in that it has a wing... most soddies were relatively small and compact. Note the board and batten door to the root cellar barely visable at the far left.

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