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I went out to a local ranch yesterday and got some photo's of a homestead from the late 1800's. The guy that built the house was the Great Grandfather of the present owner. The present owner's Grandfather and Father were born in the house.

The sister runs our post office and I stopped and talked to her and she told me the house was a mail order house from a business like Montgomery Wards! The house was shipped by rail to Shaniko, Ore, which was a very busy town back then. It was the sheep shipping center of the world then. Once in Shaniko, the house was picked up with a wagon and team of horses and hauled to it's present location.

Hauling the house was no small task. The hill down to Antelope was a steep winding dirt road. Today that road has been moved a bit so it's a steep winding paved road! Once in Antelope, the house went about eight miles out of town, all on dirt roads. To get into it yesterday, we had to go in off of a gravel road 1 1/2 miles up a 4 wd dirt road. beautiful trip in.

I found a place I'd love to live, absolutely beautiful in there. I didn't know they ever made mail order houses but I guess the lumber had to come from somewhere. The pile of rubble in the first photo is all that remains of the barn and the white thing is the old wood cook stove.

This next building set's in Antelope and I found out the owner has paper's showing it was built in 1865. It was the first house built in Antelope and the only building to survive the fire that burned down the town in the late 1800's.That would make this the 143 rd winter for the building. Wonder how old that tree is? There's three more like it down the right side of the house out of sight in the photo.

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Don, great pics as always. Interesting to hear the history of the house.

Thnaks for sharing,
WiskeyJaR

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great photos and one heck of a nice story Thumbs up

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I wonder if the modern houses will last that long. Big smile

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The home I sit in now has been in the family since about 1880 we believe. The secret is Regular Maintenance and God knows there is lots of that Thumbs up

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Dang Don, those are awesome photos.
Great to know that there is history in the things we take for dilapidated abandoned houses, if we just look for it.
Wish you lived closer by so I could follow you around and "intern" on the art of Photography.

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Oh if those old building could only talk! They would have some great tales to tell! Big smile

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When I see those old places or homesteads, I often think of the family or families that were raised in them. It never ceases to amaze me how small some of those old homesteads were and many times they had 6-8 children. Talk about "cabin fever".

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wow! that surely looks like an interesting building! i hope some one comes up and take initiatives to restore them!

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