Wednesday, May 15, 2013

HDR Highway - Highway 18 in southeastern SD

Thanks to Mitchell Camera Club member Betsy Petersen, we have our second Dakotagraph-designated "HDR Highway." This time we travel the southeastern corner of the state on Highway 18 east to west between Canton and Wagner.

This roughly-100-mile stretch passes many rustic farmsteads and small farming towns.

Betsy provided these images of the Highway 18 highlights -


The tiny town of Turkey Ridge almost seems untouched by the passing of time.

Just north of Highway 18 at the corner of gravel roads 444th St. and 284th St. is this scenic crumbling home.

Our "HDR Highway" section of Highway 18 is split almost exactly down the middle by Highway 81, which runs north and south. All of the photos above were taken east of Highway 81.

All the photos below were taken west of Highway 81. This one is at 43787 Highway 18.

Menno's Pioneer Acres is a recreation of a 1800s-era town. It hosts a tractor pull around the Fourth of July each year and the Menno Pioneer Power and Toy Show each September.

Highway 18 crosses the James River at Olivet.

Another rustic barn is located just east of the junction of Highway 18 and Highway 25 on the south side of the road.

Betsy mentions that these are just a few examples of the subject matter HDR photographers will find along Highway 18. She said most of them can be photographed from the roadside, but some may require permission from landowners to get the best angles on the properties. Use caution when stopping along the road as the shoulders are not as wide as we would like them to be.

I'm glad Betsy nominated Highway 18 and provided these photos because this happens to be the stretch of road I was driving when I first thought of designating "HDR Highways." I hope everyone enjoys the suggestions as much as I do.

Keep the coming! I'm happy to see some more "HDR Highways" highlighted across the state.


Heidi Marttila-Losure said...


I am looking for a farm scene photograph to go with a story about the transfer of wealth set to happen in the Dakotas in the next 50 years. Ideally, it would be a midsummer scene. We pay $50 per photograph used in Dakotafire, or a negotiated amount for a package of photos.

I need a photo by Tuesday, May 28, for the next issue of the magazine. Please e-mail possibilities to heidi [at] Thank you!

Heidi Marttila-Losure, editor, Dakotafire Media

Chad Coppess said...

Hi Heidi,

Thanks for providing opportunities for photographers! I spread the word at my Facebook page as well, so hopefully you will get some submissions.