Variations on a Theme in Siouxland, Sheldon

13 Oct

When I visited a community in Siouxland a couple of years ago I came across a farm homestead on the outskirts of Sheldon. I don’t know if it was still an active farm or if the land it once cultivated had been sold off for housing and the homestead was all that remains.

A farm homestead still within the city limits of Sheldon, Iowa, Thursday, August 6, 2015. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Having grown up on a farm I am always fascinated with the outbuildings or barns. Once I moved away from home on return visits I always did some photography of the buildings. They change over time and in my estimation gain a little character from the elements of the weather.

This homestead had nice buildings and provided a glimpse of what a farm earlier in the decade looked like. These days, metal buildings are more the norm probably because of cost effectiveness. But the large metal structures take away the charm of a farm.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


2 Responses to “Variations on a Theme in Siouxland, Sheldon”

  1. Becky October 13, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Jerry, It’s a balm to see these photos. Having grown up on a farm myself (and still enjoying that-a luxury to me in this day and age), I too appreciate seeing these photos of the aged wooden structures. There is a warmth from these buildings that is more accessible than from the metal structures. The details you’ve captured on film elicit past memories.

    • jerrymennenga October 13, 2017 at 9:23 am #


      Thank you. I too get nostalgic as I see more metal constructions in the countryside, but understand that the metal constructs are probably a better investment for the modern day farmer. Plus the size of today’s machinery is so much larger than when I was boy.


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