The Hamlets Moved by Horses

You can only lose what you cling to.

— Buddha


What do you do if your town is being disturbed by continuous rainstorms, or if a railroad which will disrupt the peace of your community is being built nearby, or if a new dam threatens your safety? Well - the same as every other rational-thinking human would do of course - you put your house, along with whatever shop you might own, over sleds and find some robust stallions to help you drag it in direction of your new settlement.

As unreasonable as it might seem today, in the early 20’s it wasn’t uncommon to see a lengthy procession composed of an entire village being relocated via horse. Although I can’t find a description of the methods used or the duration of the efforts, hereby I share some of my photographic discoveries.


“Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.”

– Nicole Sobon

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