The Photographic Equivalent of a Steinbeck Novel

Ghosts in the Wilderness book cover‘Round the beginning of the twentieth century the railroads stitched an iron track out West. The government assigned railway companies millions of acres of land for transportation development. Railroads then had excessive land and track, but were short on folks to use it. So the railroads advertised and sold land near their routes to homesteaders for next to nothing. All the homesteader had to do was contract to be on the land for at least five years and “improve it.” Only Nebraska, Montana and the Dakotas were harsh lands. When the railroads died out so did the small towns every ten miles down the track. Tony and Eva Worobiec document these forgotten towns in their eerily beautiful photography book, Ghosts in the Wilderness: Abandoned America.