This week Lost Places goes back to the Dakotas–this time to South Dakota. This fantastic shot was taken by Denver-based photographer Alex Benison in Wendt, South Dakota. More of his work can be found at alexbenison.imagekind.com. Alex found the house during a trip down gravel-strewn Bad River Road in central South Dakota. The road, a 45-mile stretch between Fort Pierre and Midland, is something of a photographer’s dream. The stretch includes prairies, waterways, herds of buffalo, and even a ghost town.
The ghost town is Capa, South Dakota, which by all reports was never really that big anyway. The nearby bison belong to Ted Turner, founder of CNN, and owner of the 141,357-acre ranch. The ranch features native grassland, rolling hills, and a wide assortment of wildlife, including elk, mountain lions, coyotes, prairie chickens, pheasant, and grouse.
The mouth of the Bad River is historically significant. It was there that explorers Lewis and Clark encountered the Teton Sioux, a nomadic and warlike branch of the Sioux Nation, led by Chief Black Buffalo. War and epidemic eventually took its toll on the Teton Sioux–and from the looks of this photograph, time is taking its toll on this house.