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. The Arnesons family moved from Montana to South Dakota due to rising land prices and taxes and slowly accumulated the entirety of what was once a small town in the area with a post office until the late 1950s.

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. The Arnesons family moved from Montana to South Dakota due to rising land prices and taxes and slowly accumulated the entirety of what was once a small town in the area with a post office until the late 1950s.

 45–31'48.6"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.

45–31'48.6"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.

 An abandoned homestead outside Bison, SD.

An abandoned homestead outside Bison, SD.

 45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A small number of America Plains Bison are seen through the cracked windshield of rancher Jamie Hepper's pickup truck in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper is 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 on a large scale, 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 small number of America Plains Bison are seen through the cracked windshield of rancher Jamie Hepper's pickup truck in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper is 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 on a large scale, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

 Sion Hanson drives the perimeter of his ranch land’s border with National Grassland outside Bison, SD.

Sion Hanson drives the perimeter of his ranch land’s border with National Grassland outside Bison, SD.

 45º44'23.0"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.

45º44'23.0"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.

 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, and 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, and 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.

 45°18'29.7"N 102°11'30.3"W. 117 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A herd of American plains bison, or buffalo, run across the rolling landscape of Jamie Hepper's ranch between the towns of Meadow and Faith, SD on August 1, 2017. Buffalo, which were historically endemic to the plains states, were hunted to near-extinction causing massive repercussions to the indigenous communities who relied on them for food. Despite this, other ranchers have resisted commercial buffalo ranching, equating them to be as harmful to local cattle herds as wolves.

45°18'29.7"N 102°11'30.3"W. 117 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A herd of American plains bison, or buffalo, run across the rolling landscape of Jamie Hepper's ranch between the towns of Meadow and Faith, SD on August 1, 2017. Buffalo, which were historically endemic to the plains states, were hunted to near-extinction causing massive repercussions to the indigenous communities who relied on them for food. Despite this, other ranchers have resisted commercial buffalo ranching, equating them to be as harmful to local cattle herds as wolves.

 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.

 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, a sign of adaptations in a world that often looks nostalgically unchanged over the century.

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, a sign of adaptations in a world that often looks nostalgically unchanged over the century.

 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.

 Weaning calves and giving fall shots on the Besler ranch in Bison, SD.

Weaning calves and giving fall shots on the Besler ranch in Bison, SD.

 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  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. Cihak has been promised by his boss, Eric Arneson, that the Arnesons will help him pay for his own ranch some day.

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

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. Cihak has been promised by his boss, Eric Arneson, that the Arnesons will help him pay for his own ranch some day.

 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 wakes up early every morning 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 wakes up early every morning 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.

 45°27'04.3"N 102°02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.  Lillian Flatmoe closes her eyes and listens to the singing of a hymn at Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017. Flame, like many other people of her age in the area, has lived in Perkins County her entire life.

45°27'04.3"N 102°02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.

Lillian Flatmoe closes her eyes and listens to the singing of a hymn at Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017. Flame, like many other people of her age in the area, has lived in Perkins County her entire life.

 45°31'54.3"N 102°15'32.6"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.

45°31'54.3"N 102°15'32.6"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.

 The community gathers for a birthday part at Smoky's Bar in Meadow, SD, where the area population hovers around 30 people.

The community gathers for a birthday part at Smoky's Bar in Meadow, SD, where the area population hovers around 30 people.

 Pastor Tera Kossow leads worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

Pastor Tera Kossow leads worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

 Kids play during a twice daily recess at the two room school Maurine Elementary School in Maurine, SD.

Kids play during a twice daily recess at the two room school Maurine Elementary School in Maurine, SD.

 An abandoned schoolhouse north of Hettinger, ND.

An abandoned schoolhouse north of Hettinger, ND.

 Family members relax after working all morning pregnancy checking cattle at the Besler family ranch in Bison, SD on October 11, 2018. The ranch has been in the family for over a century and encompasses around 22,500 acres.

NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

Family members relax after working all morning pregnancy checking cattle at the Besler family ranch in Bison, SD on October 11, 2018. The ranch has been in the family for over a century and encompasses around 22,500 acres. NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

 A six hour road trip with the Bison Cardinals High School 9-man football team to face the Crazy Horse Chief in Wanblee, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation on October 12, 2018. Bison, with 16 players on their roster, would beat Crazy Horse 78-0 at the half. It is the last year Bison will likely compete in 9-man football with the state giving teams the option to play 6-man next year.

A six hour road trip with the Bison Cardinals High School 9-man football team to face the Crazy Horse Chief in Wanblee, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation on October 12, 2018. Bison, with 16 players on their roster, would beat Crazy Horse 78-0 at the half. It is the last year Bison will likely compete in 9-man football with the state giving teams the option to play 6-man next year.

 Pallbearers for Gregg Seim, 61, ride horses and lead a riderless horse to his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

Pallbearers for Gregg Seim, 61, ride horses and lead a riderless horse to his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

 Mourners gather around the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

Mourners gather around the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

 Friends cover the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD on October 13, 2018.

Friends cover the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD on October 13, 2018.

 Libby Gravning holds a photo of her husband Brian on the Gravning farm north of Hettinger, ND on October 14, 2018. Libby's husband Brian undertook suicide in February at the age of 52 after suffering under extreme depression since he was 12, one of a growing number of farmers and ranchers who have killed themselves.

Libby Gravning holds a photo of her husband Brian on the Gravning farm north of Hettinger, ND on October 14, 2018. Libby's husband Brian undertook suicide in February at the age of 52 after suffering under extreme depression since he was 12, one of a growing number of farmers and ranchers who have killed themselves.

 Sion Hanson drinks coffee at his ranch before going to work outside Bison, SD. Hanson, 31 years sober, lives a live of chosen isolation outside of work to deal with his anxiety and depression.

Sion Hanson drinks coffee at his ranch before going to work outside Bison, SD. Hanson, 31 years sober, lives a live of chosen isolation outside of work to deal with his anxiety and depression.

 Portraits of Beth Hulm in her kitchen and the bedroom of her son Kyle Hulm in Bison, SD on October 20, 2018. Kyle Hulm, at 33 died of an assumed suicide in Dickinson, ND after a 21 year struggle with mental health issues.

NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

Portraits of Beth Hulm in her kitchen and the bedroom of her son Kyle Hulm in Bison, SD on October 20, 2018. Kyle Hulm, at 33 died of an assumed suicide in Dickinson, ND after a 21 year struggle with mental health issues. NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

 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.

 People share the peace during worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

People share the peace during worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

 45°31'30.0"N 102°28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  People stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD.

45°31'30.0"N 102°28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

People stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD.

 People stand for the national anthem at the Bison Cardinals varsity volleyball game against Mott-Regent High School in Bison, SD.

People stand for the national anthem at the Bison Cardinals varsity volleyball game against Mott-Regent High School in Bison, SD.

 Buyers and ranchers gather for the selling of approximately 6,000 calves at the Faith Sale Barn in Faith, SD.

Buyers and ranchers gather for the selling of approximately 6,000 calves at the Faith Sale Barn in Faith, SD.

 Players take a break in a high school locker room during the Bison Cardinals’ game versus northern rivals, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys in Bison, SD.

Players take a break in a high school locker room during the Bison Cardinals’ game versus northern rivals, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys in Bison, SD.

 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.

 45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

 45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

 45°29'05.8"N 102°40'44.5"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 was at an extreme shortage.

45°29'05.8"N 102°40'44.5"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 was at an extreme shortage.

 An abandoned prairie home north of Hettinger, ND.

An abandoned prairie home north of Hettinger, ND.

 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.

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.

 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.

 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, many other 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, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

 45°31'52.6"N 102°07'55.2"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.

45°31'52.6"N 102°07'55.2"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.  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.

 45°32'45.9"N 102°07'41.0"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Rain runs down a dirt road on the Lorius ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. An extreme summer drought caused a state of emergency in both North and South Dakota which meant that any small rain was a cause for celebration for ranchers.

45°32'45.9"N 102°07'41.0"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Rain runs down a dirt road on the Lorius ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. An extreme summer drought caused a state of emergency in both North and South Dakota which meant that any small rain was a cause for celebration for ranchers.

 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. The Arnesons family moved from Montana to South Dakota due to rising land prices and taxes and slowly accumulated the entirety of what was once a small town in the area with a post office until the late 1950s.
 45–31'48.6"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.
 An abandoned homestead outside Bison, SD.
 45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A small number of America Plains Bison are seen through the cracked windshield of rancher Jamie Hepper's pickup truck in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper is 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 on a large scale, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.
 Sion Hanson drives the perimeter of his ranch land’s border with National Grassland outside Bison, SD.
 45º44'23.0"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.
 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, and 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.
 45°18'29.7"N 102°11'30.3"W. 117 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

A herd of American plains bison, or buffalo, run across the rolling landscape of Jamie Hepper's ranch between the towns of Meadow and Faith, SD on August 1, 2017. Buffalo, which were historically endemic to the plains states, were hunted to near-extinction causing massive repercussions to the indigenous communities who relied on them for food. Despite this, other ranchers have resisted commercial buffalo ranching, equating them to be as harmful to local cattle herds as wolves.
 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.
 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, a sign of adaptations in a world that often looks nostalgically unchanged over the century.
 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.
 Weaning calves and giving fall shots on the Besler ranch in Bison, SD.
 45º24'42.3"N, 102º16'54.3"W. 112 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  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. Cihak has been promised by his boss, Eric Arneson, that the Arnesons will help him pay for his own ranch some day.
 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 wakes up early every morning 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.
 45°27'04.3"N 102°02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.  Lillian Flatmoe closes her eyes and listens to the singing of a hymn at Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017. Flame, like many other people of her age in the area, has lived in Perkins County her entire life.
 45°31'54.3"N 102°15'32.6"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.
 The community gathers for a birthday part at Smoky's Bar in Meadow, SD, where the area population hovers around 30 people.
 Pastor Tera Kossow leads worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.
 Kids play during a twice daily recess at the two room school Maurine Elementary School in Maurine, SD.
 An abandoned schoolhouse north of Hettinger, ND.
 Family members relax after working all morning pregnancy checking cattle at the Besler family ranch in Bison, SD on October 11, 2018. The ranch has been in the family for over a century and encompasses around 22,500 acres.

NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422
 A six hour road trip with the Bison Cardinals High School 9-man football team to face the Crazy Horse Chief in Wanblee, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation on October 12, 2018. Bison, with 16 players on their roster, would beat Crazy Horse 78-0 at the half. It is the last year Bison will likely compete in 9-man football with the state giving teams the option to play 6-man next year.
 Pallbearers for Gregg Seim, 61, ride horses and lead a riderless horse to his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.
 Mourners gather around the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.
 Friends cover the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD on October 13, 2018.
 Libby Gravning holds a photo of her husband Brian on the Gravning farm north of Hettinger, ND on October 14, 2018. Libby's husband Brian undertook suicide in February at the age of 52 after suffering under extreme depression since he was 12, one of a growing number of farmers and ranchers who have killed themselves.
 Sion Hanson drinks coffee at his ranch before going to work outside Bison, SD. Hanson, 31 years sober, lives a live of chosen isolation outside of work to deal with his anxiety and depression.
 Portraits of Beth Hulm in her kitchen and the bedroom of her son Kyle Hulm in Bison, SD on October 20, 2018. Kyle Hulm, at 33 died of an assumed suicide in Dickinson, ND after a 21 year struggle with mental health issues.

NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422
 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.
 People share the peace during worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.
 45°31'30.0"N 102°28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  People stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD.
 People stand for the national anthem at the Bison Cardinals varsity volleyball game against Mott-Regent High School in Bison, SD.
 Buyers and ranchers gather for the selling of approximately 6,000 calves at the Faith Sale Barn in Faith, SD.
 Players take a break in a high school locker room during the Bison Cardinals’ game versus northern rivals, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys in Bison, SD.
 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.
 45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.
 45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.
 45°29'05.8"N 102°40'44.5"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 was at an extreme shortage.
 An abandoned prairie home north of Hettinger, ND.
 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.
 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.
 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, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.
 45°31'52.6"N 102°07'55.2"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.  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°32'45.9"N 102°07'41.0"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.  Rain runs down a dirt road on the Lorius ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. An extreme summer drought caused a state of emergency in both North and South Dakota which meant that any small rain was a cause for celebration for ranchers.

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. The Arnesons family moved from Montana to South Dakota due to rising land prices and taxes and slowly accumulated the entirety of what was once a small town in the area with a post office until the late 1950s.

45–31'48.6"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.

An abandoned homestead outside Bison, SD.

45º19'04.0"N, 102º10'43.9"W. 120 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A small number of America Plains Bison are seen through the cracked windshield of rancher Jamie Hepper's pickup truck in Meadow, SD on April 12, 2018. Hepper is 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 on a large scale, helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

Sion Hanson drives the perimeter of his ranch land’s border with National Grassland outside Bison, SD.

45º44'23.0"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.

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, and 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.

45°18'29.7"N 102°11'30.3"W. 117 miles from the nearest McDonald's. A herd of American plains bison, or buffalo, run across the rolling landscape of Jamie Hepper's ranch between the towns of Meadow and Faith, SD on August 1, 2017. Buffalo, which were historically endemic to the plains states, were hunted to near-extinction causing massive repercussions to the indigenous communities who relied on them for food. Despite this, other ranchers have resisted commercial buffalo ranching, equating them to be as harmful to local cattle herds as wolves.

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.

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, a sign of adaptations in a world that often looks nostalgically unchanged over the century.

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.

Weaning calves and giving fall shots on the Besler ranch in Bison, SD.

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

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. Cihak has been promised by his boss, Eric Arneson, that the Arnesons will help him pay for his own ranch some day.

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 wakes up early every morning 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.

45°27'04.3"N 102°02'27.5"W. Exactly 134 miles from two separate McDonald's.

Lillian Flatmoe closes her eyes and listens to the singing of a hymn at Ranchers Camp worship service in a field between the towns of in Meadow and Glad Valley, SD on July 30, 2017. Flame, like many other people of her age in the area, has lived in Perkins County her entire life.

45°31'54.3"N 102°15'32.6"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.

The community gathers for a birthday part at Smoky's Bar in Meadow, SD, where the area population hovers around 30 people.

Pastor Tera Kossow leads worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

Kids play during a twice daily recess at the two room school Maurine Elementary School in Maurine, SD.

An abandoned schoolhouse north of Hettinger, ND.

Family members relax after working all morning pregnancy checking cattle at the Besler family ranch in Bison, SD on October 11, 2018. The ranch has been in the family for over a century and encompasses around 22,500 acres. NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

A six hour road trip with the Bison Cardinals High School 9-man football team to face the Crazy Horse Chief in Wanblee, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation on October 12, 2018. Bison, with 16 players on their roster, would beat Crazy Horse 78-0 at the half. It is the last year Bison will likely compete in 9-man football with the state giving teams the option to play 6-man next year.

Pallbearers for Gregg Seim, 61, ride horses and lead a riderless horse to his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

Mourners gather around the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD.

Friends cover the grave of Gregg Seim, 61, during his internment at the Seim Family Cemetery in Shadehill, SD on October 13, 2018.

Libby Gravning holds a photo of her husband Brian on the Gravning farm north of Hettinger, ND on October 14, 2018. Libby's husband Brian undertook suicide in February at the age of 52 after suffering under extreme depression since he was 12, one of a growing number of farmers and ranchers who have killed themselves.

Sion Hanson drinks coffee at his ranch before going to work outside Bison, SD. Hanson, 31 years sober, lives a live of chosen isolation outside of work to deal with his anxiety and depression.

Portraits of Beth Hulm in her kitchen and the bedroom of her son Kyle Hulm in Bison, SD on October 20, 2018. Kyle Hulm, at 33 died of an assumed suicide in Dickinson, ND after a 21 year struggle with mental health issues. NGS Grant Number: GR-000040422

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.

People share the peace during worship at American Lutheran Church, an ELCA church, in Bison, SD.

45°31'30.0"N 102°28'11.9"W. 111 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

People stand for the national anthem before the start of the Perkins County Rodeo in Bison, SD.

People stand for the national anthem at the Bison Cardinals varsity volleyball game against Mott-Regent High School in Bison, SD.

Buyers and ranchers gather for the selling of approximately 6,000 calves at the Faith Sale Barn in Faith, SD.

Players take a break in a high school locker room during the Bison Cardinals’ game versus northern rivals, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys in Bison, SD.

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.

45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

45°32'31.2"N 102°29'52.2"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.

45°29'05.8"N 102°40'44.5"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 was at an extreme shortage.

An abandoned prairie home north of Hettinger, ND.

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.

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.

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, many other small congregations still struggle to survive, or have multi-point parishes with one pastor serving a large area.

45°31'52.6"N 102°07'55.2"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.

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°32'45.9"N 102°07'41.0"W. 123 miles from the nearest McDonald's.

Rain runs down a dirt road on the Lorius ranch in Meadow, SD on July 28, 2017. An extreme summer drought caused a state of emergency in both North and South Dakota which meant that any small rain was a cause for celebration for ranchers.

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