twisted hay


This week, show us something that doesn’t maintain a straight line.

Twisted Hay

My great-grandfather came to the United States from Norway in the 1880s. He and his family settled in Dakota Territory, it is now called South Dakota. They lived in a hillside dugout and later a sod house near a small town that became known as Hayti.

The name of the town originated from the tall hay that grew around a lake near that town. It was much longer than the prairie grass. The grass or hay  was tightly twisted together to use for fuel in their stoves.

There was no roads or railroads at that time so there was no way to get coal for burning. The only fuel for their stoves was cow chips, buffalo chips, or Twisted hay or grass.

Great-grandfather lost his first wood frame home to a wind driven prairie fire.