Vida Vintage

I happened to pass by the little town of Vida the other day. (And I do mean “little.” Blink and you’ll miss it.) I was intrigued by the sign on one of the buildings on the main highway through town. “Bar, Dancing, Food.” Sounds like fun. If I run out of ice, I know it’s available because it says so on the outside wall of the building. But what I keep wondering is: What was in the top advertising space on the big sign, just above “Bar”? I know that no one will be able to spy on me if I’m dancing my heart out, because there are almost no windows. I also know that I’ll be quite comfortable because they have air conditioning. I can see the contraption stuck in what might have been a window at one time.


In case things get too rowdy at the bar, there is a community church only a block away. Not sure what’s in those big round containers at the back. Are they some kind of grain silos? I’m not much of a farmer, but I’d guess they store something in there. As I took the photo, I heard a lot of yipping and ky-yi-ing from the back of the building. It was probably a litter of puppies but they sounded like a dozen coyotes at midnight.


This building might have been a school once, but that’s just a wild guess. It also may have been the home of someone who gave up living here, or someone who built a more modern house in another part of town. I have no idea. I was interested in the style of the building and the history that came with it.


The car I saw across the street might have belonged to the same times. I think it’s a Chrysler, but what year? I’m guessing around 1943, but maybe there are some car experts out there who can help me pinpoint the year.

043Maybe you’d prefer a truck. My guess is a 1975 Ford F150. Help me out if you’re a car buff, please.


Here’s the Chrysler again. If you thought it was old vintage, take a guess at the age and make of the tractor. I have no idea.


One thing they all had in common was their patronage of the B.F. Goodrich garage  that specialized in tires and batteries across the street.


Before you think I’m only seeing the old history of Vida, take a look at the modern grain operations on the go just outside of town.

054No, the people of Vida don’t live in those abandoned homes or drive those broken down old vintage cars or tractors. They live in modern homes and run huge farms with modern machinery. But I couldn’t help being attracted to the history I saw on display in the center of town. It was like a walk back in time.

29 thoughts on “Vida Vintage

  1. We just drove through Vida this weekend, on our way up to the reservation! It is an interesting little town, and the B.F. Goodrich garage always catches my attention too. Nice photos. I think you’ve captured the essence of Vida quite well. In fact, you’ve made it look more interesting than it actually is. 😉


    • That is so cool! Imagine you having been to the same little place that most people in the world have no idea exists! I love the old buildings. There’s so much to photograph. No shortage of subjects for the camera. Thanks for visiting my blog, Sonya.


  2. I can’t help with the old car, but the tractor is a John Deere model B, gasoline, manufactured from 1935 – 1952 in several different configurations, 2 cylinders(Popping Johnny) (149 CID) (1935)11.8 horse power the same as a 4 horse team. Later models would be replacement for 6 or 8 horse teams. The tricycle front end was introduced in 1937.
    Lots to see in small town America if you will take time to look.
    Another great photo spread and story.


  3. I had to look up Vida because I had never heard of it either. I’d bet that first building started out as either a roller skating rink or a dance hall. I’ve seen many of each way back when that looked like that.


  4. Well…the car is either a 40ish car or after 1946. They didn’t make them during the war, apparently. The tractor is definitely a John Deere, as Darlene mentioned it was late 30’s early 40’s. The truck would likely be as you said, 1975-76ish. How odd that these things are just abandoned…Great photos! Great place to visit on your travels.


  5. Someone really loved that truck! Here, we have car graveyards in ravines, sort of farmer rubbish dumps. The cars are from the same era as the one in your picture, only rusted and either buried or pushed up by the poplars that have grown around them and through them. Photogenic in a whole different way.
    Could that sign have said “rooms”? It’s the nicest thing I can think of.


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