Kansas. The Sunflower State.
Also known as the Wheat State, it is by far one of my favorite states to photograph.
I love traveling here partially because I feel there is something special about the state and its history. I feel the same pull to go there, a lot of early settlers must have felt on their way to start their own farms. It's in the middle of the country and truly has an American feel about it. Heck, even Superman was attracted to this state.
Sadly it's also a favorite because it is so easy to find farms and towns that are all but empty. According to Wikipedia, 89% of towns in Kansas have a population smaller than 3,000 residents and there are over 6,000 ghost towns. Ghost towns as in towns that at some point had a commercial, or population center but now are either abandoned, or sparely populated. (The List). Watch the video below of a drive through one such town.
Like most states with a large agriculture base, modernization and large scale, or corporate farming decreased the number of farmers needed and hence the jobs that supported a community of farmers. The situation in Kansas may be more extreme than other states, but still a possible sign of things still to come.