Oberon, North Dakota

Second Chances in Oberon

By / May 20, 2015 / Oberon, ND

Oberon, North Dakota is in Benson County, about ten miles southwest of Fort Totten. Two places we had been to previously, Josephine and Flora, North Dakota, are a short drive west. We happened to drive through Oberon when we were on our way to Minot in 2014 and we were surprised to see there were… [read more]

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church

By / May 16, 2015 / Points of Interest

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church is in Eddy County, about seven and a half miles southwest of Sheyenne, North Dakota. Two other places we’ve photographed — Bremen and Hamberg — are just a short drive away. An obituary for Astrid Nelson Salmonson published in the Fargo Forum in 2002 reveals interesting details about Mrs. Salmonson’s young… [read more]

Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

By / July 30, 2014 / Points of Interest

This is a small sampling of photos from our visit to Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel in July of 2014. If you’re interested in the history of this lift bridge, which was only raised once, you can check out our previous gallery featuring photos and captions from our friend R. David Adams, or you… [read more]

Freda, North Dakota

Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota

By / August 6, 2013 / Freda, ND

Freda, North Dakota is a true ghost town in Grant County about 35 miles southwest of Bismarck.  Freda started out as a Milwaukee Railroad town, and once had a population  of 50 plus its own bank. Today it is totally abandoned with the remains of its depot crumbling in the elements. There is one other… [read more]

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San Haven Sanatorium

By / October 3, 2012 / San Haven, ND

San Haven Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains, a few minutes north of Dunseith. Thousands of TB patients received treatment here between 1909 and the end of the TB endemic in the 1940’s. Prior to the advent of antibiotics which brought tuberculosis under control, roughly 50 percent of… [read more]

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Nekoma Safeguard Complex

Cavalier County The Nekoma Safeguard Complex is a unique place in the history of the US military’s anti-ballistic missile effort.  A portion of the Wikipedia entry for this place: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex in Nekoma, North Dakota, with the separate long-range detection radar located further north near the town of Cavalier, North Dakota,… [read more]

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    Win This Sinclair Gift Set for Dad

    By / May 18, 2015 / Shopping

    Father’s Day is coming up, so there’s no better time to win this Ghosts of North Dakota gift set for Dad! To enter: visit the home page and subscribe to Ghosts of North Dakota updates with your email address (mobile phone users should view the full-site). Contest ends at 11:59 pm central time, Friday, May 22nd…. [read more]

  • Brantford, North Dakota

    The Last Days of Brantford

    By / May 14, 2015 / Brantford, ND

    We first became aware of Brantford some years ago when our friend Mark Johnson sent photos of Brantford in winter. In the summer of 2013, we visited Brantford for ourselves and found a very quiet, near-ghost town with an impressive but crumbling public school, among other things.  These photos were taken in 2015 after we… [read more]

  • Brinsmade, North Dakota

    Solitude in Brinsmade, North Dakota

    By / May 12, 2015 / Brinsmade, ND

    Brinsmade, North Dakota was platted on October 7th, 1889 as the Northern Pacific Railway expanded progessively west, carrying settlers and their families to their eventual homes on the plains. It officially became a city in 1904. According to the 2010 Census, Brinsmade is now home to 35 residents in 13 households. Brinsmade’s most prominent features… [read more]

  • Munster Country School

    The Ruins of Munster Country School

    By / May 11, 2015 / Points of Interest

    This is the second time we’ve visited the Munster country school, in Eddy County, a short drive northwest of New Rockford. We originally set out to photograph this place in October of 2012 under the assumption it was still intact, but 2012 was one of the driest summers on record, and when we arrived, we… [read more]

  • Graham's Island, Devils Lake, ND

    The Flooding of Grahams Island

    By / May 10, 2015 / Points of Interest

    Captain Duncan Graham was a Scotsman who came to North Dakota after getting started as a fur trader for Hudson’s Bay Company. Graham believed there was profit to be made in the trading business, and he founded a trading post on the island that now bears his name. Though the date is in dispute, Graham… [read more]

  • Pembina, North Dakota

    History Appreciation in Pembina

    By / April 15, 2015 / Pembina, ND

    In Pembina, North Dakota, there are a couple of historic and significant places I particularly wanted to photograph — primarily, this beautiful Icelandic and Ukrainian Orthodox church. This church was the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1885 to 1937, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. John from 1937 to 1987. This church is now… [read more]

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    Remembering Black Sunday

    By / April 13, 2015 / Special Features

    April 14th, 2015 is the eightieth anniversary of Black Sunday, arguably the worst day of the Dust Bowl era. Dust storms that had plagued North America for a decade reached a terrible crescendo on that day, with dust clouds taller than the tallest buildings enveloping and blanketing Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and many other places. PBS’… [read more]

  • North Dakota Spring 2015

    An Early Spring

    By / March 17, 2015 / Special Features

    It is looking like an early spring this year, and you need no more evidence than these photos, taken on March 15th, 2015, in south central North Dakota. March 15th is the earliest in the season Terry and I have ever gone out on an official shoot.  Previously, the third week of April was the… [read more]

  • Lake Williams, ND

    Abandoned Lumberyard in Lake Williams, North Dakota

    By / March 16, 2015 / Lake Williams, ND

    Lake Williams, North Dakota is a small town, an unincorporated community, in Kidder County, about 30 miles southwest of Carrington. Lake Williams had a population of over 80 residents in 1930, but the town shrank slowly over several decades and the post office closed in 1971. We visited Lake Williams primarily to photograph this old… [read more]

  • Jud, North Dakota

    Spring in Jud, North Dakota

    By / March 15, 2015 / Jud, ND

    This is Jud, North Dakota, in Lamoure County, about 14 miles northwest of Edgeley. Jud is far from a ghost town — there were 72 residents according to the 2010 census, but we found out about Jud after someone suggested there was a school that might be a good photo opportunity, and upon further investigation,… [read more]

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