Rural Indexing Project

About

Rural communities are dispersed across the American landscape. These places are a repository for visual trends—historical, architectural, and social—that relate to aspects of commercial, municipal, and private life. Rural Indexing Project (RIP) documents these trends as they are manifested in the built environment.

RIP originated in 2009, and continues to document locations to this day. Roughly 1,000 communities in 15 states have been documented to date, and new material is added to the site frequently. The project does not purport to be exhaustive, but instead celebrates subjects that interest the indexers.

All photos are by Zach Huelsing and Jon Lehman. Zach and Jon live in Chicago.