Amherst, Nebraska

12 May


If you are not in the path of a tornado, Amherst just might be a good place to live. Two hundred seventy seven residents live in Amherst and I believe I may have seen more tractors than people.

This shot was taken in 2007 when I was working in this part of the US on some aquisitions. I was delighted to be able to get into the very rural areas of this country. And on this little excursion, an associate from work drove my colleague and I around the mighty Plains in search of interesting subjects. She knows everyone in town, out of town, and on the farm. I don’t think they realized how much fun photography can be and saw things they had not really paid attention to before– Like the tractor parked in the middle of the street in Amherst. But where do you park a tractor when you run in for a burger?

My biggest regret was not capturing the shot of that John Deer parked in the middle of the street while passing through downtown that July evening last year. I was still recovering from my findings in that shack on the hill on a property I didn’t belong on. We thought we were in the right pasture, opened the gate drove in and up on a hill to shoot a barn. It was the wrong barn. But our escort called the land owner and told him/her what we were doing out there. I’m sure there were no problems.

I was in staying Kearney for this job. At a local hotel, we made the most of what we could find and Kearny treated us well. Although we did draw a bit of attention from just about everywhere we went.

“Ya’ll aren’t from around here, are ya?”

When you travel through these very small rural towns appearing very cosmopolitan carrying a briefcase, they look at ya kind of funny.


Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Nebraska, Photography, small towns


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9 responses to “Amherst, Nebraska

  1. doanli

    May 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I’d love a drive through the Midwest someday. 🙂

  2. wildstorm

    May 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I hope you get to Dori. So many treasures to be found.

  3. Wes

    May 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I love small towns

  4. Michaella

    May 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Great post! Did you know that there is an Amherst Texas in Lamar county? Amherst is three miles northeast of Paris in central Lamar County. A post office operated there in 1904–05 in which my great grandfather was the only postman/postmaster.

  5. elegies

    May 13, 2010 at 3:24 am

    What was this building used for?

  6. wildstorm

    May 13, 2010 at 8:00 am

    E, I am not sure what it was used for but it looks like it may have been some kind of garage.

  7. wildstorm

    May 13, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Michaella, you and I must take a day or two and go exploring. I’m sure you must have some pretty interesting stories of the towns in our area. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Trent

    May 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The picture is of our Fire Station.

  9. wildstorm

    May 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Trent. Thanks a million for your words and for your visit. I’ts nice to know exactly what this structure is used for.


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