Trailers in Love

In Montana I’ve noticed many interesting buildings. I thought I’d post a few examples in this blog. A serious photographer could have fun in this state as there is no end of fascinating sights.

One image that struck me as sad and funny at the same time is the one of these trailers in love. See how they lean into each other, how they support each other? If that isn’t love, I don’t know what it is.

Lean on me, Honey.

This rural schoolhouse is being restored. The original flagpole dates to 1903 and will remain in place. The roof has already been replaced. The front door is temporary, I’m told, until something more in keeping with the original style can be acquired. I had to smile at the way scaffolding is used on the farm. The machinery lifts the platform to the level where a worker needs to stand to do his renovations.

Schoolhouse Renovations

Innovative Scaffolding

Original 1903 Flagpole.

In town several properties have been deserted, leaving the wind to blow through the gaps that once were windows.

Where did the people go?

I wondered what the builder of this home was trying to achieve. My suspicion is that the plan was meant to emulate the old idea of quiggly mounds that the early native American people used to escape the harshest winter temperatures and winds. Some quiggly mounds are still being found in the northern interior parts of British Columbia.

This house fascinated me. Beyond the door, steps must go down into a mostly underground living area. The design is perfect for huddling against the bitter blizzard conditions that hit this region in the winter.

Living below ground.

I’m most impressed by the beauty of Montana. Next time, some farming scenes and landscapes.

22 thoughts on “Trailers in Love

  1. Wonderful photos. The first one reminded me of Cameron, an Indian trading post that I saw while visiting Arizona. The last one is very interesting. I would like to see what it looks like inside and living below ground.



  2. The school house looks very much like the one I went to for grades 1 to 4 before we moved to the city. The last picture is fascinating – living below ground to combat the cold. My mom remembered living in a sort of hole in the ground with a sod roof when she was very little in Manitoba.


    • When we were on holiday in the Chilcotin area of BC we found mounds in the ground that (we were told by people who know these things) were remnants of quiggly huts where the people dug into the ground to build their primitive living quarters and so survive the extreme cold.This would have been a very long time ago.


  3. Great photos! Very interesting buildings and commentary to go along with them. Love the last photo of the building halfway into the ground. I’ve heard of these types of homes but have not seen a photo of one before now. Keep your battery charged in that camera of yours! Looking forward to your next post!


  4. What a lot of fascinating photos you post, Anneli, thank you! What strikes me about them all is the vast sky (and the very blueness of it) and the sense of desolation and abandonment. I think you could easily turn this into a photo book, most interesting! Thank you. And love the trailers in love….


    • I worried last night that I might have to eat humble pie as the wind tore through the RV park with gusts of more than 75 kms/hr. I thought maybe we’d end up pasted next to our neighbouring trailer and become another set of “trailers in love.” Serve me right for chuckling about the pictured “trailers in love” in this post.


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