45º31'48.6"N, 102º48'17.6"W. 107 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A McDonalds trailer sits in a field outside in the small town of Prairie City, SD on July 31, 2017. Not far from the former McFarthest point in America, a local rancher bought two semi trailers for storage and left them in a field, one of which now acts as a reminder of the ubiquitous nature of corporate America.

45º31'48.6"N, 102º48'17.6"W. 107 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A McDonalds trailer sits in a field outside in the small town of Prairie City, SD on July 31, 2017. Not far from the former McFarthest point in America, a local rancher bought two semi trailers for storage and left them in a field, one of which now acts as a reminder of the ubiquitous nature of corporate America.

 45º33'14.2"N, 102º30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emmy as her son Wesley closes his eyes and feels the coming storm winds on his face as they stand near an abandoned farmhouse on their leased land in Bison, SD. Ranchers and farmers have spent much of the droughty summer watching clouds on the horizon, hoping storms would hit, but most pass by without rain.

45º33'14.2"N, 102º30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emmy as her son Wesley closes his eyes and feels the coming storm winds on his face as they stand near an abandoned farmhouse on their leased land in Bison, SD. Ranchers and farmers have spent much of the droughty summer watching clouds on the horizon, hoping storms would hit, but most pass by without rain.

 45º29'43.2"N, 102º19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A group of men sit down around the dinner table for a meal of soup and sandwiches as they take a break from shearing sheep in the 20 degree weather and substantial winds at the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Sheep need to be sheared yearly for their health, but the cold weather caused issues, forcing the delay of shearing some of the herd, putting the rest in a barn, but for all the work, wool is worth hardly any money to working ranchers.

45º29'43.2"N, 102º19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A group of men sit down around the dinner table for a meal of soup and sandwiches as they take a break from shearing sheep in the 20 degree weather and substantial winds at the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Sheep need to be sheared yearly for their health, but the cold weather caused issues, forcing the delay of shearing some of the herd, putting the rest in a barn, but for all the work, wool is worth hardly any money to working ranchers.

 45º31'58.9"N, 102º15'19.0"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Scott Storm swings a rope as he practices team roping with his friend Kenny Kocer at Kocer's ranch in Meadow, SD. Storm was known as a great roper on teams years ago but stopped after he was married; he didn't rope again until his son was old enough to start.

45º31'58.9"N, 102º15'19.0"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Scott Storm swings a rope as he practices team roping with his friend Kenny Kocer at Kocer's ranch in Meadow, SD. Storm was known as a great roper on teams years ago but stopped after he was married; he didn't rope again until his son was old enough to start.

 45º20'46.8"N, 101º42'41.4"W. 141 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Stormy clouds hang over a dirt road in Isabel, SD on April 11, 2018. Even with a pickup and four-wheel drive, such roads quickly become impassable when storms can dump 10 inches of snow and 50+ mph wind gusts are common, as they were when winter storm Evelyn hit on April 12, 2018.

45º20'46.8"N, 101º42'41.4"W. 141 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Stormy clouds hang over a dirt road in Isabel, SD on April 11, 2018. Even with a pickup and four-wheel drive, such roads quickly become impassable when storms can dump 10 inches of snow and 50+ mph wind gusts are common, as they were when winter storm Evelyn hit on April 12, 2018.

 45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Sion Hanson sits in a neighbor's home and drinks coffee before dinner in Bison, SD on April 6, 2018. A maintenance worker for the city of Bison, he used to wake up every morning early to drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, and play cribbage online, playing over 35,000 games on Yahoo, but at almost 60 years old, he still dreams of owning a small ranch with a herd of bison.

45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Sion Hanson sits in a neighbor's home and drinks coffee before dinner in Bison, SD on April 6, 2018. A maintenance worker for the city of Bison, he used to wake up every morning early to drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, and play cribbage online, playing over 35,000 games on Yahoo, but at almost 60 years old, he still dreams of owning a small ranch with a herd of bison.

 45º26'49.9"N, 102º10'07.6"W. 127 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Parishioners pray while worshiping at Coal Springs church in Meadow, SD. While many old prairie churches have closed over the years, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

45º26'49.9"N, 102º10'07.6"W. 127 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Parishioners pray while worshiping at Coal Springs church in Meadow, SD. While many old prairie churches have closed over the years, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

 45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A bald-faced America Plains Bison roams with the rest of the herd toward feed brought by rancher Jamie Hepper on her ranch in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper's a third-generation bison rancher, starting her own business with the help of her father, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was one of the first to commercially ranch bison, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A bald-faced America Plains Bison roams with the rest of the herd toward feed brought by rancher Jamie Hepper on her ranch in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper's a third-generation bison rancher, starting her own business with the help of her father, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was one of the first to commercially ranch bison, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

 45º27'04.3"N, 102º02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.  People mill about at a potluck before a Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017.

45º27'04.3"N, 102º02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.

People mill about at a potluck before a Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017.

 45º31'52.6"N, 102º07'55.2"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A bone pile is stacked high on Audrey Lorius' family ranch about 5 miles outside of Meadow, SD. Lorius has 150 head of cattle, numbers built up through hard work to build up her family's ranch to a sizable number matching their 8,000 acres after she cared for both parents until their recent deaths. Part of the trials of owning a ranch, however, means that animals die not just of old age but lightning strikes or even freak snowstorms like winter storm Atlas that devastated herds in 2013.

45º31'52.6"N, 102º07'55.2"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A bone pile is stacked high on Audrey Lorius' family ranch about 5 miles outside of Meadow, SD. Lorius has 150 head of cattle, numbers built up through hard work to build up her family's ranch to a sizable number matching their 8,000 acres after she cared for both parents until their recent deaths. Part of the trials of owning a ranch, however, means that animals die not just of old age but lightning strikes or even freak snowstorms like winter storm Atlas that devastated herds in 2013.

 45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Kenny Kocer moved to his home in Bison, SD, and then a few miles down the road to a ranch he bought in Meadow, SD from the Yankton Sioux Reservation when he was only 18 years old. He paused here, while recounting his life to this point, including carrying the burden of work on the family ranch as a tribal non-member while his father took his mother for treatment for cancer when he was 16, the estrangement of one sister and his donation of a kidney to another, and his three divorces, in his saddle shop on April 9, 2018.

45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer moved to his home in Bison, SD, and then a few miles down the road to a ranch he bought in Meadow, SD from the Yankton Sioux Reservation when he was only 18 years old. He paused here, while recounting his life to this point, including carrying the burden of work on the family ranch as a tribal non-member while his father took his mother for treatment for cancer when he was 16, the estrangement of one sister and his donation of a kidney to another, and his three divorces, in his saddle shop on April 9, 2018.

 45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A group of friends round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association south of Lemmon, SD. Grazing associations are cooperative areas with group ownership that allow for the better use of range forage while conserving limited natural resources. The association land was ravaged by one of the region's largest wildfires in 2005, burning down much of the grassland and the old homestead but Cam Miles, son of one of the owners, spent days camped by the corrals and barn in an effort to save them.

45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A group of friends round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association south of Lemmon, SD. Grazing associations are cooperative areas with group ownership that allow for the better use of range forage while conserving limited natural resources. The association land was ravaged by one of the region's largest wildfires in 2005, burning down much of the grassland and the old homestead but Cam Miles, son of one of the owners, spent days camped by the corrals and barn in an effort to save them.

 45º18'57.2"N, 102º11'54.2"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Jamie Hepper and her 14-year-old daughter Aiyana Byrd work on removing fencing around an old hay yard on their ranch south of Meadow, SD. Jamie, a single mother, is one of the only local female ranchers working almost entirely alone, save for the help of her daughter.

45º18'57.2"N, 102º11'54.2"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Jamie Hepper and her 14-year-old daughter Aiyana Byrd work on removing fencing around an old hay yard on their ranch south of Meadow, SD. Jamie, a single mother, is one of the only local female ranchers working almost entirely alone, save for the help of her daughter.

 45º29'42.6"N, 102º19'57.3"W.120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A young man shears a sheep on the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Inside a warm trailer, sheep are lead down the line, sheared as quickly as can be done with safety, kicked out one trap door and their wool shoved out the other side, but there's a shortage of talented workers and young shearers need somewhere to practice. Nicks and cuts, normally harmless, are more common with new workers and younger sheep but are a price of doing business.

45º29'42.6"N, 102º19'57.3"W.120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A young man shears a sheep on the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Inside a warm trailer, sheep are lead down the line, sheared as quickly as can be done with safety, kicked out one trap door and their wool shoved out the other side, but there's a shortage of talented workers and young shearers need somewhere to practice. Nicks and cuts, normally harmless, are more common with new workers and younger sheep but are a price of doing business.

 45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Cowboys scare a calf into a pen while sorting them for sale on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD. Grazing associations provide a way for multiple ranchers to defray the costs of land owning and usage for grazing cattle and on occasion provide access to national grasslands and grazing areas.

45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cowboys scare a calf into a pen while sorting them for sale on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD. Grazing associations provide a way for multiple ranchers to defray the costs of land owning and usage for grazing cattle and on occasion provide access to national grasslands and grazing areas.

 45º31'54.3"N, 102º15'32.6"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Kenny Kocer pauses in a clearing of trees as he tracks a skunk he shot on his land in Meadow, SD. Kocer grew up on a local Cheyenne reservation, despite being far below the blood quantum to qualify for membership, and like many in the area holds prejudices against Native Americans.

45º31'54.3"N, 102º15'32.6"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer pauses in a clearing of trees as he tracks a skunk he shot on his land in Meadow, SD. Kocer grew up on a local Cheyenne reservation, despite being far below the blood quantum to qualify for membership, and like many in the area holds prejudices against Native Americans.

 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Randy Hapney holds the neck of a horse while doing chiropractic work on a ranch on the old abandoned town of Chance, SD. Equine chiropractic work was generally looked at with suspicion for years but more ranchers have begun to use their services to fix issues with horses to keep them healthy and working longer.

45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Randy Hapney holds the neck of a horse while doing chiropractic work on a ranch on the old abandoned town of Chance, SD. Equine chiropractic work was generally looked at with suspicion for years but more ranchers have begun to use their services to fix issues with horses to keep them healthy and working longer.

 45ª44'23.0"N, 102º13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area near the spot where frontiersman Hugh Glass was mauled, inspiring the movie "The Revenant," south of Lemmon, SD on October 6, 2017.

45ª44'23.0"N, 102º13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's.
A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area near the spot where frontiersman Hugh Glass was mauled, inspiring the movie "The Revenant," south of Lemmon, SD on October 6, 2017.

 45º23'03.5"N, 102º34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Khayne Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. Ranching remains a job that requires a lot of help from a number of people during various points of the year which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

45º23'03.5"N, 102º34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Khayne Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. Ranching remains a job that requires a lot of help from a number of people during various points of the year which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

 45º18'43.5"N, 101º43'09.8"W. 144 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Todd Lundberg drinks a Busch Light to celebrate starting his 1949 Willys Jeep at his home in Glad Valley, SD, just a few miles from what was the farthest point in the continental in the U.S. from a McDonald's, on April 11, 2018. Lundberg and his family work very hard on their ranch and at a local school but live below the poverty line. During the brutal winters, far from the main road and many supplies that most people need to get through the winter, often chop wood to burn in a wood stove that they gather around for heat to save money on burning precious propane,

45º18'43.5"N, 101º43'09.8"W. 144 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Todd Lundberg drinks a Busch Light to celebrate starting his 1949 Willys Jeep at his home in Glad Valley, SD, just a few miles from what was the farthest point in the continental in the U.S. from a McDonald's, on April 11, 2018. Lundberg and his family work very hard on their ranch and at a local school but live below the poverty line. During the brutal winters, far from the main road and many supplies that most people need to get through the winter, often chop wood to burn in a wood stove that they gather around for heat to save money on burning precious propane,

 45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Max Loughlin works on his taxes as his wife Eliza cleans up the dinner table, their son Wesley pretends to do taxes, and their daughter Emily runs around naked in the background in their family's four generation ranch home in Bison, SD on April 10, 2018. Max runs a cattle ranching operation on his family's land and works two other jobs to make ends meet while his wife Eliza performs as a musician and writes and records newspaper and radio columns for local publications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Max Loughlin works on his taxes as his wife Eliza cleans up the dinner table, their son Wesley pretends to do taxes, and their daughter Emily runs around naked in the background in their family's four generation ranch home in Bison, SD on April 10, 2018. Max runs a cattle ranching operation on his family's land and works two other jobs to make ends meet while his wife Eliza performs as a musician and writes and records newspaper and radio columns for local publications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

 45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Loughlin blows a hairdryer over the cold and wet fur of an hour-old calf born in the middle of a blizzard and brought in to the family bathtub by her husband Max Loughlin in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. It was the second time during calving that a calf ended up in the bath tub, the third calf brought into the house to be saved, and fourth animal including a baby lamb that Eliza nursed back to health from being unable to stand.

45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Loughlin blows a hairdryer over the cold and wet fur of an hour-old calf born in the middle of a blizzard and brought in to the family bathtub by her husband Max Loughlin in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. It was the second time during calving that a calf ended up in the bath tub, the third calf brought into the house to be saved, and fourth animal including a baby lamb that Eliza nursed back to health from being unable to stand.

 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A derelict ranch, neglected for 7 months after it's owner died last July, is seen through the icy window of a car after an early-spring snowstorm in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Perkins County has lost 74% of its population since 1910 and in the past 7 months, four residents of Meadow have died, lowering the population by 11% in less than a year.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A derelict ranch, neglected for 7 months after it's owner died last July, is seen through the icy window of a car after an early-spring snowstorm in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Perkins County has lost 74% of its population since 1910 and in the past 7 months, four residents of Meadow have died, lowering the population by 11% in less than a year.

 45º32'30.6"N, 102º29'49.4"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Hereford bulls and two horses huddle up near the shelter of a barn and trees during a winter storm of 10 inches of snow, freezing rain, and 50+ mile-per-hour wind gusts at the Loughlin ranch in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. Most animals are hearty enough to make it through the winter on the open range, but rain before a snowstorm can create mud, trapping animals in the valleys they retreat to for shelter, and freezing them to death in the snow.

45º32'30.6"N, 102º29'49.4"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Hereford bulls and two horses huddle up near the shelter of a barn and trees during a winter storm of 10 inches of snow, freezing rain, and 50+ mile-per-hour wind gusts at the Loughlin ranch in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. Most animals are hearty enough to make it through the winter on the open range, but rain before a snowstorm can create mud, trapping animals in the valleys they retreat to for shelter, and freezing them to death in the snow.

 45º31'27.4"N, 102º28'11.2"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Cowboys compete in a ranch rodeo at the Perkins County Fairgrounds in Bison, SD. Ranch rodeos, unlike rodeos shown on television or seen around much of the country, are team events where four riders show their skills as horsemen and ranch hands in activities that would actually be performed on a ranch like trailer loading.

45º31'27.4"N, 102º28'11.2"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cowboys compete in a ranch rodeo at the Perkins County Fairgrounds in Bison, SD. Ranch rodeos, unlike rodeos shown on television or seen around much of the country, are team events where four riders show their skills as horsemen and ranch hands in activities that would actually be performed on a ranch like trailer loading.

 45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Scott Storm and his son Travis, 12, relax after practicing team roping as Kenny Kocer puts away a saddle in his saddle shop on his ranch in Meadow, SD. Kenny built his own arena for practicing roping and invites a select group of locals to rope almost every night, teaching many young or beginning riders the skills to become both a good competitor and ranch hand.

45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Scott Storm and his son Travis, 12, relax after practicing team roping as Kenny Kocer puts away a saddle in his saddle shop on his ranch in Meadow, SD. Kenny built his own arena for practicing roping and invites a select group of locals to rope almost every night, teaching many young or beginning riders the skills to become both a good competitor and ranch hand.

 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Riley Cihak fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on a ranch in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD. Without a ranch in the family or the sizable savings required to buy a ranch, many locals with the skills to work with cattle work on a freelance basis for ranch owners, though some like Cihak have earned their way to permanent jobs for other ranchers.

45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Riley Cihak fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on a ranch in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD. Without a ranch in the family or the sizable savings required to buy a ranch, many locals with the skills to work with cattle work on a freelance basis for ranch owners, though some like Cihak have earned their way to permanent jobs for other ranchers.

 45º31'30.0"N, 102º28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Two men remove their hats stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD. In Perkins County, 23.8% of the population is over 65, significantly above the US average of 15.2%, and only 21% is under 18. It's sign of an aging population in rural communities with fewer young families staying here to replenish the population, seeking an easier way of life.

45º31'30.0"N, 102º28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Two men remove their hats stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD. In Perkins County, 23.8% of the population is over 65, significantly above the US average of 15.2%, and only 21% is under 18. It's sign of an aging population in rural communities with fewer young families staying here to replenish the population, seeking an easier way of life.

 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Couples practice the two-step during dance lessons at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Smoky's is the main social hub for the community year-round, run by a couple, Andrea Block and Shiloh Lorius, left, who returned to the area and bought the business and revitalized it after years of poor management for years and before that a 20-year closure due to an owner's arrest for drug trafficking.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Couples practice the two-step during dance lessons at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Smoky's is the main social hub for the community year-round, run by a couple, Andrea Block and Shiloh Lorius, left, who returned to the area and bought the business and revitalized it after years of poor management for years and before that a 20-year closure due to an owner's arrest for drug trafficking.

 45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Loughlin holds her daughter Emmy as they comfort a baby bottle calf they named Gene after Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons after feeding him in the family's mudroom entry in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Eliza has only been a ranch wife for seven years, after living in cities like New York and Minneapolis and working as a musician for most her life, but she's known in the area to have a tremendous amount of empathy for the family's animals and all her neighbors.

45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Loughlin holds her daughter Emmy as they comfort a baby bottle calf they named Gene after Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons after feeding him in the family's mudroom entry in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Eliza has only been a ranch wife for seven years, after living in cities like New York and Minneapolis and working as a musician for most her life, but she's known in the area to have a tremendous amount of empathy for the family's animals and all her neighbors.

 45º30'35.5"N, 102º13'48.2"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Jessica Lawson holds the war bridle on Fred the horse as her boyfriend Shane Yalowizer goes to get ready for a swim on his ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. South Dakota spent the summer in the midst of a state of emergency-level drought that caused many ranchers to sell parts of their herds to pay for feed and farmers to harvest their crops at a loss. Yalowizer works for the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service helping ranchers apply for funds to protect against drought or mitigate the disastrous results, but providing federal aid is somewhat of an irony in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

45º30'35.5"N, 102º13'48.2"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Jessica Lawson holds the war bridle on Fred the horse as her boyfriend Shane Yalowizer goes to get ready for a swim on his ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. South Dakota spent the summer in the midst of a state of emergency-level drought that caused many ranchers to sell parts of their herds to pay for feed and farmers to harvest their crops at a loss. Yalowizer works for the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service helping ranchers apply for funds to protect against drought or mitigate the disastrous results, but providing federal aid is somewhat of an irony in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

 45º31'30.5"N, 102º27'48.7"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Members of the Bison High School Cardinals varsity football team practice in Bison, SD. With only 46 students in the school, the team competes regionally in 9-man football, with 16-17 total players, many of whom, the coach said, only play varsity out of the team's necessity and not their personal ability.

45º31'30.5"N, 102º27'48.7"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Members of the Bison High School Cardinals varsity football team practice in Bison, SD. With only 46 students in the school, the team competes regionally in 9-man football, with 16-17 total players, many of whom, the coach said, only play varsity out of the team's necessity and not their personal ability.

 45º29'05.8"N, 102º40'44.5"W. 108 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Harvesters from a major area farm work a wheat field outside of Bison, SD on August 1, 2017. Due to the drought, many area farmers have taken a complete loss on their crops and winter feed for cattle is at an extreme shortage.

45º29'05.8"N, 102º40'44.5"W. 108 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Harvesters from a major area farm work a wheat field outside of Bison, SD on August 1, 2017. Due to the drought, many area farmers have taken a complete loss on their crops and winter feed for cattle is at an extreme shortage.

 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Men drink at Smoky's Bar and Grill during an uncommon break during the spring calving season in Meadow, SD on April 15, 2018. Winter has dragged on into mid-April in South Dakota and ranchers spent many days preparing for an incoming winter storm that brought back memories of storms in 2013 and 1997 that killed hundreds of thousands of cattle and drove some to suicide.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Men drink at Smoky's Bar and Grill during an uncommon break during the spring calving season in Meadow, SD on April 15, 2018. Winter has dragged on into mid-April in South Dakota and ranchers spent many days preparing for an incoming winter storm that brought back memories of storms in 2013 and 1997 that killed hundreds of thousands of cattle and drove some to suicide.

 45º25'37.9"N, 102º17'10.7"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  The Arneson family and their employee Riley Cihak ride their horses through thick morning fog on their ranch in the old town of Chance, SD on July 31, 2017.

45º25'37.9"N, 102º17'10.7"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

The Arneson family and their employee Riley Cihak ride their horses through thick morning fog on their ranch in the old town of Chance, SD on July 31, 2017.

 45º31'48.6"N, 102º48'17.6"W. 107 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A McDonalds trailer sits in a field outside in the small town of Prairie City, SD on July 31, 2017. Not far from the former McFarthest point in America, a local rancher bought two semi trailers for storage and left them in a field, one of which now acts as a reminder of the ubiquitous nature of corporate America.
 45º33'14.2"N, 102º30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emmy as her son Wesley closes his eyes and feels the coming storm winds on his face as they stand near an abandoned farmhouse on their leased land in Bison, SD. Ranchers and farmers have spent much of the droughty summer watching clouds on the horizon, hoping storms would hit, but most pass by without rain.
 45º29'43.2"N, 102º19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A group of men sit down around the dinner table for a meal of soup and sandwiches as they take a break from shearing sheep in the 20 degree weather and substantial winds at the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Sheep need to be sheared yearly for their health, but the cold weather caused issues, forcing the delay of shearing some of the herd, putting the rest in a barn, but for all the work, wool is worth hardly any money to working ranchers.
 45º31'58.9"N, 102º15'19.0"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Scott Storm swings a rope as he practices team roping with his friend Kenny Kocer at Kocer's ranch in Meadow, SD. Storm was known as a great roper on teams years ago but stopped after he was married; he didn't rope again until his son was old enough to start.
 45º20'46.8"N, 101º42'41.4"W. 141 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Stormy clouds hang over a dirt road in Isabel, SD on April 11, 2018. Even with a pickup and four-wheel drive, such roads quickly become impassable when storms can dump 10 inches of snow and 50+ mph wind gusts are common, as they were when winter storm Evelyn hit on April 12, 2018.
 45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Sion Hanson sits in a neighbor's home and drinks coffee before dinner in Bison, SD on April 6, 2018. A maintenance worker for the city of Bison, he used to wake up every morning early to drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, and play cribbage online, playing over 35,000 games on Yahoo, but at almost 60 years old, he still dreams of owning a small ranch with a herd of bison.
 45º26'49.9"N, 102º10'07.6"W. 127 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Parishioners pray while worshiping at Coal Springs church in Meadow, SD. While many old prairie churches have closed over the years, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.
 45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A bald-faced America Plains Bison roams with the rest of the herd toward feed brought by rancher Jamie Hepper on her ranch in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper's a third-generation bison rancher, starting her own business with the help of her father, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was one of the first to commercially ranch bison, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.
 45º27'04.3"N, 102º02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.  People mill about at a potluck before a Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017.
 45º31'52.6"N, 102º07'55.2"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A bone pile is stacked high on Audrey Lorius' family ranch about 5 miles outside of Meadow, SD. Lorius has 150 head of cattle, numbers built up through hard work to build up her family's ranch to a sizable number matching their 8,000 acres after she cared for both parents until their recent deaths. Part of the trials of owning a ranch, however, means that animals die not just of old age but lightning strikes or even freak snowstorms like winter storm Atlas that devastated herds in 2013.
 45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Kenny Kocer moved to his home in Bison, SD, and then a few miles down the road to a ranch he bought in Meadow, SD from the Yankton Sioux Reservation when he was only 18 years old. He paused here, while recounting his life to this point, including carrying the burden of work on the family ranch as a tribal non-member while his father took his mother for treatment for cancer when he was 16, the estrangement of one sister and his donation of a kidney to another, and his three divorces, in his saddle shop on April 9, 2018.
 45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A group of friends round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association south of Lemmon, SD. Grazing associations are cooperative areas with group ownership that allow for the better use of range forage while conserving limited natural resources. The association land was ravaged by one of the region's largest wildfires in 2005, burning down much of the grassland and the old homestead but Cam Miles, son of one of the owners, spent days camped by the corrals and barn in an effort to save them.
 45º18'57.2"N, 102º11'54.2"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Jamie Hepper and her 14-year-old daughter Aiyana Byrd work on removing fencing around an old hay yard on their ranch south of Meadow, SD. Jamie, a single mother, is one of the only local female ranchers working almost entirely alone, save for the help of her daughter.
 45º29'42.6"N, 102º19'57.3"W.120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A young man shears a sheep on the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Inside a warm trailer, sheep are lead down the line, sheared as quickly as can be done with safety, kicked out one trap door and their wool shoved out the other side, but there's a shortage of talented workers and young shearers need somewhere to practice. Nicks and cuts, normally harmless, are more common with new workers and younger sheep but are a price of doing business.
 45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Cowboys scare a calf into a pen while sorting them for sale on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD. Grazing associations provide a way for multiple ranchers to defray the costs of land owning and usage for grazing cattle and on occasion provide access to national grasslands and grazing areas.
 45º31'54.3"N, 102º15'32.6"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Kenny Kocer pauses in a clearing of trees as he tracks a skunk he shot on his land in Meadow, SD. Kocer grew up on a local Cheyenne reservation, despite being far below the blood quantum to qualify for membership, and like many in the area holds prejudices against Native Americans.
 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Randy Hapney holds the neck of a horse while doing chiropractic work on a ranch on the old abandoned town of Chance, SD. Equine chiropractic work was generally looked at with suspicion for years but more ranchers have begun to use their services to fix issues with horses to keep them healthy and working longer.
 45ª44'23.0"N, 102º13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area near the spot where frontiersman Hugh Glass was mauled, inspiring the movie "The Revenant," south of Lemmon, SD on October 6, 2017.
 45º23'03.5"N, 102º34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Khayne Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. Ranching remains a job that requires a lot of help from a number of people during various points of the year which means work often has a family reunion or social component.
 45º18'43.5"N, 101º43'09.8"W. 144 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Todd Lundberg drinks a Busch Light to celebrate starting his 1949 Willys Jeep at his home in Glad Valley, SD, just a few miles from what was the farthest point in the continental in the U.S. from a McDonald's, on April 11, 2018. Lundberg and his family work very hard on their ranch and at a local school but live below the poverty line. During the brutal winters, far from the main road and many supplies that most people need to get through the winter, often chop wood to burn in a wood stove that they gather around for heat to save money on burning precious propane,
 45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Max Loughlin works on his taxes as his wife Eliza cleans up the dinner table, their son Wesley pretends to do taxes, and their daughter Emily runs around naked in the background in their family's four generation ranch home in Bison, SD on April 10, 2018. Max runs a cattle ranching operation on his family's land and works two other jobs to make ends meet while his wife Eliza performs as a musician and writes and records newspaper and radio columns for local publications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
 45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Loughlin blows a hairdryer over the cold and wet fur of an hour-old calf born in the middle of a blizzard and brought in to the family bathtub by her husband Max Loughlin in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. It was the second time during calving that a calf ended up in the bath tub, the third calf brought into the house to be saved, and fourth animal including a baby lamb that Eliza nursed back to health from being unable to stand.
 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  A derelict ranch, neglected for 7 months after it's owner died last July, is seen through the icy window of a car after an early-spring snowstorm in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Perkins County has lost 74% of its population since 1910 and in the past 7 months, four residents of Meadow have died, lowering the population by 11% in less than a year.
 45º32'30.6"N, 102º29'49.4"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Hereford bulls and two horses huddle up near the shelter of a barn and trees during a winter storm of 10 inches of snow, freezing rain, and 50+ mile-per-hour wind gusts at the Loughlin ranch in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. Most animals are hearty enough to make it through the winter on the open range, but rain before a snowstorm can create mud, trapping animals in the valleys they retreat to for shelter, and freezing them to death in the snow.
 45º31'27.4"N, 102º28'11.2"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Cowboys compete in a ranch rodeo at the Perkins County Fairgrounds in Bison, SD. Ranch rodeos, unlike rodeos shown on television or seen around much of the country, are team events where four riders show their skills as horsemen and ranch hands in activities that would actually be performed on a ranch like trailer loading.
 45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Scott Storm and his son Travis, 12, relax after practicing team roping as Kenny Kocer puts away a saddle in his saddle shop on his ranch in Meadow, SD. Kenny built his own arena for practicing roping and invites a select group of locals to rope almost every night, teaching many young or beginning riders the skills to become both a good competitor and ranch hand.
 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Riley Cihak fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on a ranch in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD. Without a ranch in the family or the sizable savings required to buy a ranch, many locals with the skills to work with cattle work on a freelance basis for ranch owners, though some like Cihak have earned their way to permanent jobs for other ranchers.
 45º31'30.0"N, 102º28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Two men remove their hats stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD. In Perkins County, 23.8% of the population is over 65, significantly above the US average of 15.2%, and only 21% is under 18. It's sign of an aging population in rural communities with fewer young families staying here to replenish the population, seeking an easier way of life.
 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Couples practice the two-step during dance lessons at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Smoky's is the main social hub for the community year-round, run by a couple, Andrea Block and Shiloh Lorius, left, who returned to the area and bought the business and revitalized it after years of poor management for years and before that a 20-year closure due to an owner's arrest for drug trafficking.
 45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Eliza Loughlin holds her daughter Emmy as they comfort a baby bottle calf they named Gene after Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons after feeding him in the family's mudroom entry in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Eliza has only been a ranch wife for seven years, after living in cities like New York and Minneapolis and working as a musician for most her life, but she's known in the area to have a tremendous amount of empathy for the family's animals and all her neighbors.
 45º30'35.5"N, 102º13'48.2"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Jessica Lawson holds the war bridle on Fred the horse as her boyfriend Shane Yalowizer goes to get ready for a swim on his ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. South Dakota spent the summer in the midst of a state of emergency-level drought that caused many ranchers to sell parts of their herds to pay for feed and farmers to harvest their crops at a loss. Yalowizer works for the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service helping ranchers apply for funds to protect against drought or mitigate the disastrous results, but providing federal aid is somewhat of an irony in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.
 45º31'30.5"N, 102º27'48.7"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Members of the Bison High School Cardinals varsity football team practice in Bison, SD. With only 46 students in the school, the team competes regionally in 9-man football, with 16-17 total players, many of whom, the coach said, only play varsity out of the team's necessity and not their personal ability.
 45º29'05.8"N, 102º40'44.5"W. 108 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Harvesters from a major area farm work a wheat field outside of Bison, SD on August 1, 2017. Due to the drought, many area farmers have taken a complete loss on their crops and winter feed for cattle is at an extreme shortage.
 45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Men drink at Smoky's Bar and Grill during an uncommon break during the spring calving season in Meadow, SD on April 15, 2018. Winter has dragged on into mid-April in South Dakota and ranchers spent many days preparing for an incoming winter storm that brought back memories of storms in 2013 and 1997 that killed hundreds of thousands of cattle and drove some to suicide.
 45º25'37.9"N, 102º17'10.7"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  The Arneson family and their employee Riley Cihak ride their horses through thick morning fog on their ranch in the old town of Chance, SD on July 31, 2017.

45º31'48.6"N, 102º48'17.6"W. 107 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A McDonalds trailer sits in a field outside in the small town of Prairie City, SD on July 31, 2017. Not far from the former McFarthest point in America, a local rancher bought two semi trailers for storage and left them in a field, one of which now acts as a reminder of the ubiquitous nature of corporate America.

45º33'14.2"N, 102º30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emmy as her son Wesley closes his eyes and feels the coming storm winds on his face as they stand near an abandoned farmhouse on their leased land in Bison, SD. Ranchers and farmers have spent much of the droughty summer watching clouds on the horizon, hoping storms would hit, but most pass by without rain.

45º29'43.2"N, 102º19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A group of men sit down around the dinner table for a meal of soup and sandwiches as they take a break from shearing sheep in the 20 degree weather and substantial winds at the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Sheep need to be sheared yearly for their health, but the cold weather caused issues, forcing the delay of shearing some of the herd, putting the rest in a barn, but for all the work, wool is worth hardly any money to working ranchers.

45º31'58.9"N, 102º15'19.0"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Scott Storm swings a rope as he practices team roping with his friend Kenny Kocer at Kocer's ranch in Meadow, SD. Storm was known as a great roper on teams years ago but stopped after he was married; he didn't rope again until his son was old enough to start.

45º20'46.8"N, 101º42'41.4"W. 141 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Stormy clouds hang over a dirt road in Isabel, SD on April 11, 2018. Even with a pickup and four-wheel drive, such roads quickly become impassable when storms can dump 10 inches of snow and 50+ mph wind gusts are common, as they were when winter storm Evelyn hit on April 12, 2018.

45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Sion Hanson sits in a neighbor's home and drinks coffee before dinner in Bison, SD on April 6, 2018. A maintenance worker for the city of Bison, he used to wake up every morning early to drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, and play cribbage online, playing over 35,000 games on Yahoo, but at almost 60 years old, he still dreams of owning a small ranch with a herd of bison.

45º26'49.9"N, 102º10'07.6"W. 127 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Parishioners pray while worshiping at Coal Springs church in Meadow, SD. While many old prairie churches have closed over the years, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A bald-faced America Plains Bison roams with the rest of the herd toward feed brought by rancher Jamie Hepper on her ranch in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper's a third-generation bison rancher, starting her own business with the help of her father, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was one of the first to commercially ranch bison, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

45º27'04.3"N, 102º02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.

People mill about at a potluck before a Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017.

45º31'52.6"N, 102º07'55.2"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A bone pile is stacked high on Audrey Lorius' family ranch about 5 miles outside of Meadow, SD. Lorius has 150 head of cattle, numbers built up through hard work to build up her family's ranch to a sizable number matching their 8,000 acres after she cared for both parents until their recent deaths. Part of the trials of owning a ranch, however, means that animals die not just of old age but lightning strikes or even freak snowstorms like winter storm Atlas that devastated herds in 2013.

45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer moved to his home in Bison, SD, and then a few miles down the road to a ranch he bought in Meadow, SD from the Yankton Sioux Reservation when he was only 18 years old. He paused here, while recounting his life to this point, including carrying the burden of work on the family ranch as a tribal non-member while his father took his mother for treatment for cancer when he was 16, the estrangement of one sister and his donation of a kidney to another, and his three divorces, in his saddle shop on April 9, 2018.

45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A group of friends round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association south of Lemmon, SD. Grazing associations are cooperative areas with group ownership that allow for the better use of range forage while conserving limited natural resources. The association land was ravaged by one of the region's largest wildfires in 2005, burning down much of the grassland and the old homestead but Cam Miles, son of one of the owners, spent days camped by the corrals and barn in an effort to save them.

45º18'57.2"N, 102º11'54.2"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Jamie Hepper and her 14-year-old daughter Aiyana Byrd work on removing fencing around an old hay yard on their ranch south of Meadow, SD. Jamie, a single mother, is one of the only local female ranchers working almost entirely alone, save for the help of her daughter.

45º29'42.6"N, 102º19'57.3"W.120 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A young man shears a sheep on the Kronberg ranch in Meadow, SD on April 7, 2018. Inside a warm trailer, sheep are lead down the line, sheared as quickly as can be done with safety, kicked out one trap door and their wool shoved out the other side, but there's a shortage of talented workers and young shearers need somewhere to practice. Nicks and cuts, normally harmless, are more common with new workers and younger sheep but are a price of doing business.

45º38'23.3"N, 102º02'21.7"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cowboys scare a calf into a pen while sorting them for sale on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD. Grazing associations provide a way for multiple ranchers to defray the costs of land owning and usage for grazing cattle and on occasion provide access to national grasslands and grazing areas.

45º31'54.3"N, 102º15'32.6"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer pauses in a clearing of trees as he tracks a skunk he shot on his land in Meadow, SD. Kocer grew up on a local Cheyenne reservation, despite being far below the blood quantum to qualify for membership, and like many in the area holds prejudices against Native Americans.

45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Randy Hapney holds the neck of a horse while doing chiropractic work on a ranch on the old abandoned town of Chance, SD. Equine chiropractic work was generally looked at with suspicion for years but more ranchers have begun to use their services to fix issues with horses to keep them healthy and working longer.

45ª44'23.0"N, 102º13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's.
A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area near the spot where frontiersman Hugh Glass was mauled, inspiring the movie "The Revenant," south of Lemmon, SD on October 6, 2017.

45º23'03.5"N, 102º34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Khayne Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. Ranching remains a job that requires a lot of help from a number of people during various points of the year which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

45º18'43.5"N, 101º43'09.8"W. 144 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Todd Lundberg drinks a Busch Light to celebrate starting his 1949 Willys Jeep at his home in Glad Valley, SD, just a few miles from what was the farthest point in the continental in the U.S. from a McDonald's, on April 11, 2018. Lundberg and his family work very hard on their ranch and at a local school but live below the poverty line. During the brutal winters, far from the main road and many supplies that most people need to get through the winter, often chop wood to burn in a wood stove that they gather around for heat to save money on burning precious propane,

45º32'31.3"N, 102º29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Max Loughlin works on his taxes as his wife Eliza cleans up the dinner table, their son Wesley pretends to do taxes, and their daughter Emily runs around naked in the background in their family's four generation ranch home in Bison, SD on April 10, 2018. Max runs a cattle ranching operation on his family's land and works two other jobs to make ends meet while his wife Eliza performs as a musician and writes and records newspaper and radio columns for local publications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Loughlin blows a hairdryer over the cold and wet fur of an hour-old calf born in the middle of a blizzard and brought in to the family bathtub by her husband Max Loughlin in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. It was the second time during calving that a calf ended up in the bath tub, the third calf brought into the house to be saved, and fourth animal including a baby lamb that Eliza nursed back to health from being unable to stand.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A derelict ranch, neglected for 7 months after it's owner died last July, is seen through the icy window of a car after an early-spring snowstorm in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Perkins County has lost 74% of its population since 1910 and in the past 7 months, four residents of Meadow have died, lowering the population by 11% in less than a year.

45º32'30.6"N, 102º29'49.4"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Hereford bulls and two horses huddle up near the shelter of a barn and trees during a winter storm of 10 inches of snow, freezing rain, and 50+ mile-per-hour wind gusts at the Loughlin ranch in Bison, SD on April 13, 2018. Most animals are hearty enough to make it through the winter on the open range, but rain before a snowstorm can create mud, trapping animals in the valleys they retreat to for shelter, and freezing them to death in the snow.

45º31'27.4"N, 102º28'11.2"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cowboys compete in a ranch rodeo at the Perkins County Fairgrounds in Bison, SD. Ranch rodeos, unlike rodeos shown on television or seen around much of the country, are team events where four riders show their skills as horsemen and ranch hands in activities that would actually be performed on a ranch like trailer loading.

45º31'59.1"N, 102º15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Scott Storm and his son Travis, 12, relax after practicing team roping as Kenny Kocer puts away a saddle in his saddle shop on his ranch in Meadow, SD. Kenny built his own arena for practicing roping and invites a select group of locals to rope almost every night, teaching many young or beginning riders the skills to become both a good competitor and ranch hand.

45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Riley Cihak fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on a ranch in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD. Without a ranch in the family or the sizable savings required to buy a ranch, many locals with the skills to work with cattle work on a freelance basis for ranch owners, though some like Cihak have earned their way to permanent jobs for other ranchers.

45º31'30.0"N, 102º28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Two men remove their hats stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD. In Perkins County, 23.8% of the population is over 65, significantly above the US average of 15.2%, and only 21% is under 18. It's sign of an aging population in rural communities with fewer young families staying here to replenish the population, seeking an easier way of life.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Couples practice the two-step during dance lessons at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Smoky's is the main social hub for the community year-round, run by a couple, Andrea Block and Shiloh Lorius, left, who returned to the area and bought the business and revitalized it after years of poor management for years and before that a 20-year closure due to an owner's arrest for drug trafficking.

45º32'31.2"N, 102º29'52.2"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Loughlin holds her daughter Emmy as they comfort a baby bottle calf they named Gene after Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons after feeding him in the family's mudroom entry in Meadow, SD on April 8, 2018. Eliza has only been a ranch wife for seven years, after living in cities like New York and Minneapolis and working as a musician for most her life, but she's known in the area to have a tremendous amount of empathy for the family's animals and all her neighbors.

45º30'35.5"N, 102º13'48.2"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Jessica Lawson holds the war bridle on Fred the horse as her boyfriend Shane Yalowizer goes to get ready for a swim on his ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. South Dakota spent the summer in the midst of a state of emergency-level drought that caused many ranchers to sell parts of their herds to pay for feed and farmers to harvest their crops at a loss. Yalowizer works for the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service helping ranchers apply for funds to protect against drought or mitigate the disastrous results, but providing federal aid is somewhat of an irony in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

45º31'30.5"N, 102º27'48.7"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Members of the Bison High School Cardinals varsity football team practice in Bison, SD. With only 46 students in the school, the team competes regionally in 9-man football, with 16-17 total players, many of whom, the coach said, only play varsity out of the team's necessity and not their personal ability.

45º29'05.8"N, 102º40'44.5"W. 108 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Harvesters from a major area farm work a wheat field outside of Bison, SD on August 1, 2017. Due to the drought, many area farmers have taken a complete loss on their crops and winter feed for cattle is at an extreme shortage.

45º31'48.9"N, 102º12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Men drink at Smoky's Bar and Grill during an uncommon break during the spring calving season in Meadow, SD on April 15, 2018. Winter has dragged on into mid-April in South Dakota and ranchers spent many days preparing for an incoming winter storm that brought back memories of storms in 2013 and 1997 that killed hundreds of thousands of cattle and drove some to suicide.

45º25'37.9"N, 102º17'10.7"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

The Arneson family and their employee Riley Cihak ride their horses through thick morning fog on their ranch in the old town of Chance, SD on July 31, 2017.

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