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Sisters Briana Arriaga, right, and Angelina Arriaga look over their father's truck that was found several houses down the block and overturned in a neighbor's front lawn in the Thoroughbred Farms subdivision near Elroy, Texas. Nearby Dry Creek overflowed, engulfing their homes, and sent debris downstream. Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman via AP

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photo by Jack E. Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey In 1866 John Walker and Margaret Wiley married, and a few years later they moved into this two-story log house, built by Margaret's father and brothers. Here the couple farmed and raised eleven children. Six of the Walkers' daughters never married, and they lived as spinsters on the farm for decades. They tended the nearby apple orchard, grape arbors, bee gums, livestock pens, truck patch, corn…

Ready to put the 1975 Mack in service. We sold the American LaFrance to a fire chief in a nearby town. (Roger Johnson)

Children playing with a broken toy wagon by their primitive shack in rural Pattison, Mississippi. Pattison is a very poor unincorporated village with high poverty and underprivileged African-American population. The tumbledown shack is not much better than days of slaves and sharecroppers. A derelict pickup truck rusts nearby. 1973

APPALLINGLY CRUEL! This is how taxpayer dollars are being spent for the benefit of "free loading" cattle ranchers that desire to use 100% of America's public lands for their cattle grazing business needs! "The orphaned foals, screaming for their mothers, fought to survive in a kill buyer’s corral. Nearby, their mothers and other herd members were being loaded on a truck by a local kill buyer destined for the Canadian slaughter house." ENOUGH! PLZ Sign and Share!

Distribution of Tobacco Barns in North Carolina~The state's oldest flue-cure barns are found in the Old Bright Belt and the northern Middle Belt along the Virginia border. The compact barns are most often built of hewn logs.