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The History of the West is written in it's ghost towns.  Some are resurrected as romantic memorials or theme parks to the good old days. Some are preservied as Western monuments, with the buildings frozen in time.

And then, some are just ghosts, returning their buildings to the land and only living on in stories.  Such was Grandview, a farming community of over fifty families, birthed of a bond with nature's bounty and  two decades later succomed to natures wrath.

Dispatches from the Dry Side

Culture, Curiosity and Character

about the Oregon East of the Cascade Mountain Range

Previous Dispatches can be

seen here

Arthur Rosenstein

WPA Photographer in Central Oregon

Their efforts produced some of the most iconic photographs of the Great Depression. The Resettlement Administration, later replaced by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), built relief camps and offered loans to those impacted by the Depression. There were two such camps in the Central Oregon area, one at Camp Sherman and one along the highway to Prineville. 

But the programs weren’t cheap and required significant government funding to maintain.  Roosevelt hired Columbia University professor Roy Stryker as Chief of the Historical Section and also led the agency’s Photographic Unit. 

Stryker was tasked with documenting the need for government assistance by taking photographs of rural farmers at work and at home in their small-town communities, of migrants looking for work and of the effects of the Great Depression on everyday life in rural America and show the city people what it’s like to live on the farm.

to look at a selection of the photographs click here

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