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Rural Roots: 1940

Rural Roots: 1940

August 1940. "Rural scene with Lombardy poplars used as windbreak. Box Elder County, Utah." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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I am lucky to live in a stone house

We live in a stone house, it's been in my wife's family for well over 100 years.

Finishing up a multi year remodel, spending first Thanksgiving in the house today since the late '70s

Such a Hard Ax

Well, of course, StefanJ's mention of "dressing stone" sent me down the rabbit hole, or quarry in this case, to read up on stone masonry and the tools that craftsmen of the era would have used. Hurrah for hardened steel.

She Stands!

After doing a virtual cruise around the area, checking to see if the background mountain notches properly triangulate with the house in the original photo, I am confident we have our good ol' stone house.

[Wrong house. The stones don't match. - Dave]

House is indeed still standing.

Photo submitted by PUFF4 is not the same house: lintels don't match, none of the stones match.

Actual house is still standing:

(curvature of road matches, ridge-line matches and the stones that are visible also match). Many such houses dot the countryside around Willard UT. Most built by stonemason Shadrach Jones in 1860s-1880s.

Less obscured similar house is a half-mile to the south:

They don't make 'em like that any more.

I second pennsylvaniaproud's motion. And not just the stonework but the overall architectural quality is great.

The best one can hope for these days is a modest 2-car garage and only one bay, all covered in PVC siding. But then, I am a confessed provincial reactionary with no taste (as a novel once put it succinctly) when it comes to architecture.

OTOH, who could pay for somebody breaking, dressing and laying all those stones these days anyway.

I wonder whether it is still there.

I bet

The house is still standing. With a little luck as rural as than then ...

It looks so peaceful.

I suspect it is no more

"Ruins of a stone house, Honeyville, Utah, 1970."

Some real craftsmen back then

The stone house is spectacular. Cut the stone then place the piece. Great job. Our neighbor when I was a kid could cut stone. Unbelievable to me as a 6 year old how he could do that.

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