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Great Depression experiment – Skyline Farms – [vintage photographs] Part 3 – The men had to build their own homes

Skyline Farms, a resettlement community in 1935, to provide help to farmers in the Great Depression was built by the resettled farmers in Jackson County, Alabama. New houses were built with timber cut on the project in Jackson County, Alabama. Here are several at work at the sawmill and sandstone quarry.

The photographs below were taken by Arthur Rothstein in 1935.  See more photographs

 Men working at the sawmill – they built their own houses

Skyline Farms sawmill 1935

Skyline farms - sawmill 1935

A close-up photograph of the men working in the sawmill at Skyline Farms

Sawmill at Skyline farms

The man below seems to be enjoying his break while a problem on the sawmill is being fixed.

Skyline 1935 -sawmill 3

In the photographs below, farmers are working in the sandstone quarry with the Project Supervisor looking on. I imagine it was hard, hot work.Skyline Farms - sandstone quarry 1935

Below is a photograph of some of the resettlement farmers working in the sandpit. It was hard work, but I imagine they were happy to at least be working since it was 1935, still during the Great Depression.Skyline Farms - sandpit2 1935

Skyline farms - sand pit 1935

Another close-up picture of men working in the sandpit. Their shoes look awful thin and not made for such hard work.

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Skyline Farms - sand pit4 1935

The man on the far left has a very small tool in his hand. I wonder what he was doing with it? He seems to have a different task from the other men.Skyline 1935 pit5

Sometimes they encountered very large stonesSkyline pit 6

All their work resulted in a new house to come home to.All their work resulted in a new house to come home to.Skyline 1936 new house

And watch their children playSkyline farms 1935 - children and swing

It’s always great to ‘set’ and ‘chew the fat’ after a hard day’s work.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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