American Southwest

Inspiring photographs from the American Southwest.

The Russels Aren't Home Any More (2015)
The Russels Aren't Home Any More (2015)
The last residents of the town of Grafton left the shrinking town in 1944, 85 years after its founding. The Russel house, built by one of the founders of the town, was still occupied by his grandson. What a grand house this must have been in the small community. But devastating floods from the nearby Virgin River and the fear of an Indian war made life difficult and most of the people left. Now the five remaining buildings have been partially restored and are being preserved for us to enjoy. The large front porch of the Russel house is still inviting. Can you imagine what it must have looked like at Christmas time.