Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Oelrichs, South Dakota
This is the first real town North of Dakota Junction. Located in Fall River County, South Dakota, Oelrichs has a population of 126 and sits right alongside the main line of the Black Hills Sub-Division of the Rapid City Pierre and Eastern.
The only industry in town is a small grain elevator which, amazingly, still seems to be in use.
This town is also where I graduated high-school, which is the town's main employer. Like most of the small towns in South Dakota, the infrastructure is decrepit, many houses are single-wides surrounded by cars on blocks, and every house has an unkempt yard with cottonwood, oak, or evergreen trees.
Here is the view track side:
The Grain elevator at Oelrichs is small, but apparently being used. I had always thought this was abandoned, but apparently not!
Judging by the number of cars, this particular elevator can only hold enough grain for a few hoppers, probably about 13.
Another possible explanation is that the siding is simply being used as winter storage for the cars, as is apparent in other small towns. I just like to think positively.