Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Billings Oklahoma Sod House Photo

The Wichita Archives Special Collections has a photo of a sod house in Billings Oklahoma (Noble County) in 1899. This is an interesting look at how the early settlers of the area created shelter. I would imagine that the people in the photo are all the people who were involved in the accomplishment of building the structure. It sort of looks like it was a class project. Could we gather our friends and neighbors together to create something like this today? I have a feeling that most people today would give up by the time the building got waist-high. Sad to say isn't it? Maybe we can all work to get some of that frontier-can-do-spirit back. In the bottom right, it says that Lantie Porter is the teacher.

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