The images in this gallery capture the Americana of a bygone era, a time when rural life moved at a slower pace. However, the nostalgic view of such times sometimes overlooks the hard work that accompanied it. Rural life in America was not the life of leisure, farming and the operation of grist and timber mills was not an easy task. As times changed, these processes became obsolete and are only a memory now.
Many of these images have been captured in my home state of Missouri where, deep in the heart of the Ozarks the traces are beginning to vanish (being reclaimed by the forests) or have been preserved as historic sites. The natural springs, creeks and rivers of Missouri were a power source for old grist mills where the farmers brought their grain and timber mills to create lumber to build the cities... and the railway was the means of transportation.
This life is all but gone now but the memories are captured in these images. I have chosen sepia toning for the medium of these prints as it captures the nostalgia of that bygone era. I will continue to add to this gallery as I encounter more of these scenes.