45�33'14.2"N 102�30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emily 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. Much of rural America is still an agrarian society and in the midst of devastating drought like South Dakotans faced in 2017, ranchers and farmers spend much of their time wistfully staring at clouds on the horizon, hoping for much-needed rain.

45�33'14.2"N 102�30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emily 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. Much of rural America is still an agrarian society and in the midst of devastating drought like South Dakotans faced in 2017, ranchers and farmers spend much of their time wistfully staring at clouds on the horizon, hoping for much-needed rain.

 45�26'49.9"N 102�10'07.6"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, some small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

45�26'49.9"N 102�10'07.6"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, some small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

 45�20'51.4"N 102�07'54.9"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Marty Vig watches as his hay grinder begins working on bales south of Meadow, SD. One of Vig's few sources of income after spending 20 years in prison for manslaughter, he bought the rig from his son who was having trouble making payments himself because of the harsh realities of the economy of rural life.

45�20'51.4"N 102�07'54.9"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Marty Vig watches as his hay grinder begins working on bales south of Meadow, SD. One of Vig's few sources of income after spending 20 years in prison for manslaughter, he bought the rig from his son who was having trouble making payments himself because of the harsh realities of the economy of rural life.

 45�18'57.2"N 102�11'54.2"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. She also stands out as the only one in the area to raise the American plains bison, or buffalo, which still inspires the grazing patterns ranchers use to move their cattle from pasture to pasture.

45�18'57.2"N 102�11'54.2"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. She also stands out as the only one in the area to raise the American plains bison, or buffalo, which still inspires the grazing patterns ranchers use to move their cattle from pasture to pasture.

 TKTK in Meadow, SD on August 6, 2017.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on August 6, 2017.

 A cowboy takes a break after a long morning sorting cows from calves after a long night drinking on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. Shipping cattle is one of the many opportunities for friends to help each other ranching and have a social gathering in the process.

A cowboy takes a break after a long morning sorting cows from calves after a long night drinking on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. Shipping cattle is one of the many opportunities for friends to help each other ranching and have a social gathering in the process.

 Riley Cihak removes an old water tank from a feed lot on the ranch he works on as a hand in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD on October 5, 2017. 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.

Riley Cihak removes an old water tank from a feed lot on the ranch he works on as a hand in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD on October 5, 2017. 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.

 Worn-out gloves sit on the dashboard of a cracked windshield during a round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

Worn-out gloves sit on the dashboard of a cracked windshield during a round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

 A group of friends prepare to round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

A group of friends prepare to round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

 45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

 Riley Cihak walks away from a sorting chute after loading calves onto a semi for sale off land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

Riley Cihak walks away from a sorting chute after loading calves onto a semi for sale off land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

 45�31'30.0"N 102�28'11.9"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 on August 5, 2017.

45�31'30.0"N 102�28'11.9"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 on August 5, 2017.

 45�27'04.3"N 102�02'27.5"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.

45�27'04.3"N 102�02'27.5"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.

 45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer takes a break from saddling horses after getting off of work as a lineman working for the local electric company near Meadow, SD. Kocer is in the middle of a battle with siblings over the estate of his recently deceased father; with land worth millions, in addition to the herd and his valuables, and no willing, its a common issue many in the region face on the death of a loved one.

45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Kenny Kocer takes a break from saddling horses after getting off of work as a lineman working for the local electric company near Meadow, SD. Kocer is in the middle of a battle with siblings over the estate of his recently deceased father; with land worth millions, in addition to the herd and his valuables, and no willing, its a common issue many in the region face on the death of a loved one.

 Cowboys take a break from sorting cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

Cowboys take a break from sorting cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

 45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

 45�25'26.3"N 102�17'14.1"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Mindy Arneson, Ian Arneson, and Eric Arneson pause after moving cattle in an early morning fog at the family ranch in the old town of Chance, SD. The Arneson's are one of the few families in the area that haven't called their ranch home for generations, instead buying the old abandoned town of Chance and turning it into a 21,000 acre ranch, 40% more land than the island of Manhattan, after rising prices of land in Montana forced the family to move. Rising land prices are now threatening ranchers in South Dakota, placing pressure through taxes and estate taxes.

45�25'26.3"N 102�17'14.1"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Mindy Arneson, Ian Arneson, and Eric Arneson pause after moving cattle in an early morning fog at the family ranch in the old town of Chance, SD. The Arneson's are one of the few families in the area that haven't called their ranch home for generations, instead buying the old abandoned town of Chance and turning it into a 21,000 acre ranch, 40% more land than the island of Manhattan, after rising prices of land in Montana forced the family to move. Rising land prices are now threatening ranchers in South Dakota, placing pressure through taxes and estate taxes.

 TKTK in Bison, SD on October 5, 2017.

TKTK in Bison, SD on October 5, 2017.

 45�31'48.9"N 102�12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Daryl Ferguson has an afternoon beer at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD. The town of Meadow has five residents on main street, a post office, 30 more residents in the surrounding ranches, and a bar which was recently bought and revitalized by a couple who moved back to the area. The bar, one of three in the surrounding 45 miles, is the main social gathering spot in "The McFarthest Place."

45�31'48.9"N 102�12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Daryl Ferguson has an afternoon beer at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD. The town of Meadow has five residents on main street, a post office, 30 more residents in the surrounding ranches, and a bar which was recently bought and revitalized by a couple who moved back to the area. The bar, one of three in the surrounding 45 miles, is the main social gathering spot in "The McFarthest Place."

 45�31'58.9"N 102�15'19.0"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.

45�31'58.9"N 102�15'19.0"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.

 45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"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. Despite the timeless landscapes here,  communities have embraced modern techniques to help with the burdens of rural life. 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.

45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"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. Despite the timeless landscapes here, communities have embraced modern techniques to help with the burdens of rural life. 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.

 45�44'23.0"N 102�13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area south of Lemmon, SD. Nearby stands a monument to famous frontiersman Hugh Glass near the spot where he was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, a part of the story which inspired the movie �The Revenant" 192 years later.

45�44'23.0"N 102�13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area south of Lemmon, SD. Nearby stands a monument to famous frontiersman Hugh Glass near the spot where he was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, a part of the story which inspired the movie �The Revenant" 192 years later.

 45�23'03.5"N 102�34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cam Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. There are rarely enough people to help with all the tasks on a ranch and during various points of the year many ranchers help each other and people who have moved away return to help for a few days or weeks, which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

45�23'03.5"N 102�34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Cam Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. There are rarely enough people to help with all the tasks on a ranch and during various points of the year many ranchers help each other and people who have moved away return to help for a few days or weeks, which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

 45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"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.

45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"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.

 45�29'43.2"N 102�19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. 

Morgan and Brody Kronberg eat breakfast at their family's ranch homestead in Meadow, SD on August 3, 2017. The family and their 500 head of sheep and 70 head of cattle live on a 4 generation ranch that has been in the family for 104 years. The Kronberg's father died 6 years ago in an alleged accident in the oil fields in North Dakota, where many men go to make a large amount of money in short time with dangerous work and cushion the economic knifes edge of ranch work.

45�29'43.2"N 102�19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Morgan and Brody Kronberg eat breakfast at their family's ranch homestead in Meadow, SD on August 3, 2017. The family and their 500 head of sheep and 70 head of cattle live on a 4 generation ranch that has been in the family for 104 years. The Kronberg's father died 6 years ago in an alleged accident in the oil fields in North Dakota, where many men go to make a large amount of money in short time with dangerous work and cushion the economic knifes edge of ranch work.

 45�31'27.4"N 102�28'11.2"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. When ranching is a majority of the work available in this region, rodeos become a major community event and source of pride.

45�31'27.4"N 102�28'11.2"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. When ranching is a majority of the work available in this region, rodeos become a major community event and source of pride.

 45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Riley Cihak laughs as he fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on the Arneson 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 on ranches.

45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Riley Cihak laughs as he fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on the Arneson 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 on ranches.

 TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

 Cowboys dodge cattle while helping sort cows from calves on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

Cowboys dodge cattle while helping sort cows from calves on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

 TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

 45�32'31.3"N 102�29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter, plays with her daughter Emily as she sits in her husband's family homestead in Bison, SD. Eliza, originally from Minnesota, has lived in a number of large cities, including New York, but moved to Meadow to record an album at a failed record label and stayed after falling in love with the people and the land, and later a rancher named Max Loughlin. As Perkins County continues to shrink in population, stories like Eliza's are rarer and rarer.

45�32'31.3"N 102�29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter, plays with her daughter Emily as she sits in her husband's family homestead in Bison, SD. Eliza, originally from Minnesota, has lived in a number of large cities, including New York, but moved to Meadow to record an album at a failed record label and stayed after falling in love with the people and the land, and later a rancher named Max Loughlin. As Perkins County continues to shrink in population, stories like Eliza's are rarer and rarer.

 45�35'28.6"N 101�51'35.9"W. 135 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Two boys hang out on an old horse trailer during an estate auction at the ranch of the late Sid Miller in the unincorporated town of Central Corson, SD. After his passing, Sid Miller's family parted out family heirlooms before selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, trailers, tractors, trucks, and even scrap metal in an auction attended by hundreds of people from the surrounding area.

45�35'28.6"N 101�51'35.9"W. 135 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Two boys hang out on an old horse trailer during an estate auction at the ranch of the late Sid Miller in the unincorporated town of Central Corson, SD. After his passing, Sid Miller's family parted out family heirlooms before selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, trailers, tractors, trucks, and even scrap metal in an auction attended by hundreds of people from the surrounding area.

 45�31'30.5"N 102�27'48.7"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.

45�31'30.5"N 102�27'48.7"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.

 45�30'35.5"N 102�13'48.2"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. 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 such federal aid can be a point of contention in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

45�30'35.5"N 102�13'48.2"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. 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 such federal aid can be a point of contention in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

 45�25'37.9"N 102�17'10.7"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. A year ago, Mindy Arneson, left, was diagnosed with a severe leg break after an accident working at a local sale barn, but continued to work on the ranch. After a year of riding through the pain, a second diagnosis suggested either a tumor or infection in the bone, requiring multiple 20 hour round trips to Mayo Clinic before a clean bill of health.

45�25'37.9"N 102�17'10.7"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. A year ago, Mindy Arneson, left, was diagnosed with a severe leg break after an accident working at a local sale barn, but continued to work on the ranch. After a year of riding through the pain, a second diagnosis suggested either a tumor or infection in the bone, requiring multiple 20 hour round trips to Mayo Clinic before a clean bill of health.

 45�33'14.2"N 102�30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emily 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. Much of rural America is still an agrarian society and in the midst of devastating drought like South Dakotans faced in 2017, ranchers and farmers spend much of their time wistfully staring at clouds on the horizon, hoping for much-needed rain.
 45�26'49.9"N 102�10'07.6"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, some small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.
 45�20'51.4"N 102�07'54.9"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Marty Vig watches as his hay grinder begins working on bales south of Meadow, SD. One of Vig's few sources of income after spending 20 years in prison for manslaughter, he bought the rig from his son who was having trouble making payments himself because of the harsh realities of the economy of rural life.
 45�18'57.2"N 102�11'54.2"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. She also stands out as the only one in the area to raise the American plains bison, or buffalo, which still inspires the grazing patterns ranchers use to move their cattle from pasture to pasture.
 TKTK in Meadow, SD on August 6, 2017.
 A cowboy takes a break after a long morning sorting cows from calves after a long night drinking on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. Shipping cattle is one of the many opportunities for friends to help each other ranching and have a social gathering in the process.
 Riley Cihak removes an old water tank from a feed lot on the ranch he works on as a hand in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD on October 5, 2017. 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.
 Worn-out gloves sit on the dashboard of a cracked windshield during a round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.
 A group of friends prepare to round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.
 45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.
 Riley Cihak walks away from a sorting chute after loading calves onto a semi for sale off land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.
 45�31'30.0"N 102�28'11.9"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 on August 5, 2017.
 45�27'04.3"N 102�02'27.5"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.
 45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Kenny Kocer takes a break from saddling horses after getting off of work as a lineman working for the local electric company near Meadow, SD. Kocer is in the middle of a battle with siblings over the estate of his recently deceased father; with land worth millions, in addition to the herd and his valuables, and no willing, its a common issue many in the region face on the death of a loved one.
 Cowboys take a break from sorting cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.
 45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.
 45�25'26.3"N 102�17'14.1"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Mindy Arneson, Ian Arneson, and Eric Arneson pause after moving cattle in an early morning fog at the family ranch in the old town of Chance, SD. The Arneson's are one of the few families in the area that haven't called their ranch home for generations, instead buying the old abandoned town of Chance and turning it into a 21,000 acre ranch, 40% more land than the island of Manhattan, after rising prices of land in Montana forced the family to move. Rising land prices are now threatening ranchers in South Dakota, placing pressure through taxes and estate taxes.
 TKTK in Bison, SD on October 5, 2017.
 45�31'48.9"N 102�12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Daryl Ferguson has an afternoon beer at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD. The town of Meadow has five residents on main street, a post office, 30 more residents in the surrounding ranches, and a bar which was recently bought and revitalized by a couple who moved back to the area. The bar, one of three in the surrounding 45 miles, is the main social gathering spot in "The McFarthest Place."
 45�31'58.9"N 102�15'19.0"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.
 45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"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. Despite the timeless landscapes here,  communities have embraced modern techniques to help with the burdens of rural life. 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.
 45�44'23.0"N 102�13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area south of Lemmon, SD. Nearby stands a monument to famous frontiersman Hugh Glass near the spot where he was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, a part of the story which inspired the movie �The Revenant" 192 years later.
 45�23'03.5"N 102�34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Cam Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. There are rarely enough people to help with all the tasks on a ranch and during various points of the year many ranchers help each other and people who have moved away return to help for a few days or weeks, which means work often has a family reunion or social component.
 45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"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.
 45�29'43.2"N 102�19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. 

Morgan and Brody Kronberg eat breakfast at their family's ranch homestead in Meadow, SD on August 3, 2017. The family and their 500 head of sheep and 70 head of cattle live on a 4 generation ranch that has been in the family for 104 years. The Kronberg's father died 6 years ago in an alleged accident in the oil fields in North Dakota, where many men go to make a large amount of money in short time with dangerous work and cushion the economic knifes edge of ranch work.
 45�31'27.4"N 102�28'11.2"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. When ranching is a majority of the work available in this region, rodeos become a major community event and source of pride.
 45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Riley Cihak laughs as he fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on the Arneson 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 on ranches.
 TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.
 Cowboys dodge cattle while helping sort cows from calves on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.
 TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.
 45�32'31.3"N 102�29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter, plays with her daughter Emily as she sits in her husband's family homestead in Bison, SD. Eliza, originally from Minnesota, has lived in a number of large cities, including New York, but moved to Meadow to record an album at a failed record label and stayed after falling in love with the people and the land, and later a rancher named Max Loughlin. As Perkins County continues to shrink in population, stories like Eliza's are rarer and rarer.
 45�35'28.6"N 101�51'35.9"W. 135 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Two boys hang out on an old horse trailer during an estate auction at the ranch of the late Sid Miller in the unincorporated town of Central Corson, SD. After his passing, Sid Miller's family parted out family heirlooms before selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, trailers, tractors, trucks, and even scrap metal in an auction attended by hundreds of people from the surrounding area.
 45�31'30.5"N 102�27'48.7"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.
 45�30'35.5"N 102�13'48.2"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. 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 such federal aid can be a point of contention in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.
 45�25'37.9"N 102�17'10.7"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. A year ago, Mindy Arneson, left, was diagnosed with a severe leg break after an accident working at a local sale barn, but continued to work on the ranch. After a year of riding through the pain, a second diagnosis suggested either a tumor or infection in the bone, requiring multiple 20 hour round trips to Mayo Clinic before a clean bill of health.

45�33'14.2"N 102�30'36.1"W. 114 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Eliza Blue holds her daughter Emily 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. Much of rural America is still an agrarian society and in the midst of devastating drought like South Dakotans faced in 2017, ranchers and farmers spend much of their time wistfully staring at clouds on the horizon, hoping for much-needed rain.

45�26'49.9"N 102�10'07.6"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, some small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

45�20'51.4"N 102�07'54.9"W. 124 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Marty Vig watches as his hay grinder begins working on bales south of Meadow, SD. One of Vig's few sources of income after spending 20 years in prison for manslaughter, he bought the rig from his son who was having trouble making payments himself because of the harsh realities of the economy of rural life.

45�18'57.2"N 102�11'54.2"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. She also stands out as the only one in the area to raise the American plains bison, or buffalo, which still inspires the grazing patterns ranchers use to move their cattle from pasture to pasture.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on August 6, 2017.

A cowboy takes a break after a long morning sorting cows from calves after a long night drinking on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. Shipping cattle is one of the many opportunities for friends to help each other ranching and have a social gathering in the process.

Riley Cihak removes an old water tank from a feed lot on the ranch he works on as a hand in the old abandoned town of in Chance, SD on October 5, 2017. 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.

Worn-out gloves sit on the dashboard of a cracked windshield during a round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

A group of friends prepare to round up cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

Riley Cihak walks away from a sorting chute after loading calves onto a semi for sale off land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

45�31'30.0"N 102�28'11.9"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 on August 5, 2017.

45�27'04.3"N 102�02'27.5"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.

45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"W. 121 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Kenny Kocer takes a break from saddling horses after getting off of work as a lineman working for the local electric company near Meadow, SD. Kocer is in the middle of a battle with siblings over the estate of his recently deceased father; with land worth millions, in addition to the herd and his valuables, and no willing, its a common issue many in the region face on the death of a loved one.

Cowboys take a break from sorting cattle on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

45�38'23.3"N 102�02'21.7"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.

45�25'26.3"N 102�17'14.1"W. 113 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Mindy Arneson, Ian Arneson, and Eric Arneson pause after moving cattle in an early morning fog at the family ranch in the old town of Chance, SD. The Arneson's are one of the few families in the area that haven't called their ranch home for generations, instead buying the old abandoned town of Chance and turning it into a 21,000 acre ranch, 40% more land than the island of Manhattan, after rising prices of land in Montana forced the family to move. Rising land prices are now threatening ranchers in South Dakota, placing pressure through taxes and estate taxes.

TKTK in Bison, SD on October 5, 2017.

45�31'48.9"N 102�12'59.8"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Daryl Ferguson has an afternoon beer at Smoky's Bar and Grill in Meadow, SD. The town of Meadow has five residents on main street, a post office, 30 more residents in the surrounding ranches, and a bar which was recently bought and revitalized by a couple who moved back to the area. The bar, one of three in the surrounding 45 miles, is the main social gathering spot in "The McFarthest Place."

45�31'58.9"N 102�15'19.0"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.

45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"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. Despite the timeless landscapes here, communities have embraced modern techniques to help with the burdens of rural life. 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.

45�44'23.0"N 102�13'06.9"W, 109 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A deer crosses the road at the Shadehill Recreation Area south of Lemmon, SD. Nearby stands a monument to famous frontiersman Hugh Glass near the spot where he was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, a part of the story which inspired the movie �The Revenant" 192 years later.

45�23'03.5"N 102�34'14.8"W. 102 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Cam Vanderpool relaxes after weaning calves on the five generation Besler family ranch east of Bison, SD. There are rarely enough people to help with all the tasks on a ranch and during various points of the year many ranchers help each other and people who have moved away return to help for a few days or weeks, which means work often has a family reunion or social component.

45�31'59.1"N 102�15'20.5"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.

45�29'43.2"N 102�19'59.6"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Morgan and Brody Kronberg eat breakfast at their family's ranch homestead in Meadow, SD on August 3, 2017. The family and their 500 head of sheep and 70 head of cattle live on a 4 generation ranch that has been in the family for 104 years. The Kronberg's father died 6 years ago in an alleged accident in the oil fields in North Dakota, where many men go to make a large amount of money in short time with dangerous work and cushion the economic knifes edge of ranch work.

45�31'27.4"N 102�28'11.2"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. When ranching is a majority of the work available in this region, rodeos become a major community event and source of pride.

45�24'42.3"N 102�16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Riley Cihak laughs as he fesses up to a mistake made while working as a hand on the Arneson 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 on ranches.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

Cowboys dodge cattle while helping sort cows from calves on land owned by a grazing association west of Meadow, SD on October 8, 2017. 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.

TKTK in Meadow, SD on July 31, 2017.

45�32'31.3"N 102�29'52.1"W. 110 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter, plays with her daughter Emily as she sits in her husband's family homestead in Bison, SD. Eliza, originally from Minnesota, has lived in a number of large cities, including New York, but moved to Meadow to record an album at a failed record label and stayed after falling in love with the people and the land, and later a rancher named Max Loughlin. As Perkins County continues to shrink in population, stories like Eliza's are rarer and rarer.

45�35'28.6"N 101�51'35.9"W. 135 miles from the nearest McDonald's. Two boys hang out on an old horse trailer during an estate auction at the ranch of the late Sid Miller in the unincorporated town of Central Corson, SD. After his passing, Sid Miller's family parted out family heirlooms before selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, trailers, tractors, trucks, and even scrap metal in an auction attended by hundreds of people from the surrounding area.

45�31'30.5"N 102�27'48.7"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.

45�30'35.5"N 102�13'48.2"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. 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 such federal aid can be a point of contention in a county that voted 80% for President Donald Trump's Republican administration.

45�25'37.9"N 102�17'10.7"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. A year ago, Mindy Arneson, left, was diagnosed with a severe leg break after an accident working at a local sale barn, but continued to work on the ranch. After a year of riding through the pain, a second diagnosis suggested either a tumor or infection in the bone, requiring multiple 20 hour round trips to Mayo Clinic before a clean bill of health.

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