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As a teenager living in Bon Homme County, I must have driven past this old metal building with the broken letters spelling out Perkins on the front of it, at least a dozen times and never once thought what it might be or what it represented. Even as an adult living in Tyndall, SD nearly twenty five years now, not till 2015 did I even know that at one time there was a community named Perkins that sat just a few miles west of Springfield, SD. My husband being the researcher of plotting and searching for new locations for us to photograph, had come across information for Perkins and planned our destination one Saturday afternoon. On the north side of the road sits a very uniquely designed metal building; we walked completely around the outside amazed at the size of this structure and the beautiful condition it was still in. Looking through every window we saw it was filled to the brim with old vehicles, bicycles and item too numerous to mention. Across the road we crossed over a down fence line overgrown with weeds and ditch grass, still somewhat standing in the distance was a home that Mother Nature and time had taken its toll on. This family home, I’m sure at one time was a beautiful home for the time period it was built. Mostly broken floorboards, pealing wallpaper remnant and kitchen cupboards and drawers and a lone toaster was all that remained inside the old home. A few small out buildings and what looked to be a store of some sort, but with most of the walls and roof collapsed and being taken over by the growth of vegetation, it was vTHROUGH THE LENS continued on page 30 Let Your Home Reflect Your Style! FREE In-Home Design Consultation With Our Professional Designers 2401 Broadway, Yankton • 605-665-3719 • slumberland.com Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday Noon-6pm HERVOICEvSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019v29

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