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Over the years, having traveled literally tens of thousands of miles over the highways and byways of America for both business and pleasure, I continued to be struck by the multitude of structures on the side of the road going to ruin. With many routes traversed many times, the continued sight of these objects started to invoke the question, "what happened here and what is the story behind these structures?" When one thinks of ruins, one conjures the stone foundations of ancient past, unearthed and researched by archeologists who attempt to reconstruct the stories of a now long lost civilization: How did they live and where did they go? Certainly less ancient and most with little or no historical value, the images contained within are of ruins and civilizations of a far more recent past. While providing no "missing link" or profound revelations, the pictures and stories intend to simply entertain and at best, attempt to produce beauty out of what previously may have been considered an eyesore on the side of the road. Presented in the categories of Homes, Businesses, Farms and Machinery, each section's photos present structures abandoned and gone to ruin. Many "speak" with the ghostly sounds of the lives of their past. Guided first by simply presenting interesting photographs, it is hoped they invoke in you the same questions of, "I wonder what happened here and who were the people that occupied these relics?" Ultimately, it is the goal, next time you pass that eyesore on the side of the road to say, "Look, it is a Great American Ruin".