Faces of Rural America

The Places of Rural America

We were given the unique opportunity to walk the streets of the towns that inspired their respective photographers. With assitance from the local libraries, historical societys. museums and others we were able to meet with current residents, obtain oral histories and identify some of the people in these wonderful photographs. You can learn more about our wonderful visits and gracious host cities below.

Ravenswood, WV

Ravenswood, WV

Ravenswood, West Virginia, is a town of just over 4,000 people. It is located on the Ohio River on land originally claimed by George Washington and later developed by his heirs.  Although aluminum manufacturing has been the driving force of Ravenswood’s economy, in recent years the city has set its sights on attracting diverse industries.  Ravenswood is proud of its history and has made historical preservation of buildings and artifacts a priority.

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Monroe City, MO

Monroe City, MO

Once known as “Queen of the Prairie,” Monroe City, Missouri, grew from a strategically-placed train station between Hannibal and St. Joseph.  With less than 3,000 citizens, Monroe City takes advantage of its close proximity to Mark Twain Lake and Twain’s childhood city, Hannibal, to attract visitors.  It is a manufacturing town, drawing employees from up to 50 miles away to work for die-casting companies. The city celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2007.

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Faces of YOUR Rural America

YOUR Rural America

You don't have to live in a rural town to be a part of the Faces of Rural America project! Research your family history and share photos and stories with us on Facebook. Don't know where to begin? Use our Project Toolkit to get started.

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