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]

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]

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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    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]

  • 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]

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    Free Shipping on Orders $99 or More

    By / March 7, 2015 / Site News

    Ghosts of North Dakota now offers free standard shipping on orders of $99 or more from our online store — hardcover coffee table books, retro tin signs, premium coffee, gift sets, postcards and more! (Priority and international shipping not included. Merchandise total must be $99 or more, not including tax.) Visit the Ghosts of North… [read more]

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    Vintage View of Bismarck, Dakota Territory, 1883

    By / February 24, 2015 / Special Features

    In 1883, Bismarck had only been “Bismarck” for ten years, having existed first as a tiny frontier settlement called Missouri Crossing, then as Edwinton, until 1873. Bismarck assumed an important place in the history of the American west when it supplanted Yankton as the capital of Dakota Territory in 1883. Settlers were soon streaming in…. [read more]

  • Leroy, North Dakota

    St. Joseph’s Catholic Church from 1895

    By / December 30, 2014 / Leroy, ND

    Terry ducked out of holiday festivities long enough to photograph this place — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Leroy, North Dakota. Leroy is in Pembina County, about ten miles northwest of Cavalier. Terry was told they stopped holding regular services here about a decade ago. A small community center and auditorium. This area is absolutely… [read more]

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    Memories of Silver City Ghost Town

    By / December 4, 2014 / Silver City, ND

    Ghost towns come in all varieties, and their abandonment happens for a multitude of reasons. Common on the upper plains are railroad ghost towns, places that vanished when the automobile became the norm. There are natural disaster ghost towns, like Mose, ND, and industrial disaster ghost towns like Picher, OK. Silver City, North Dakota is… [read more]

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    Forgotten Minot Church

    By / November 29, 2014 / Points of Interest

    This vacant church stands at the corner of Broadway and 4th Ave NW in Minot, at the bottom of North Broadway, right across the street from Sammy’s Pizza.  It was locked-up and posted, so we weren’t able to go inside, but by all outward appearances, this place is largely forgotten. We photographed this place on… [read more]

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    Beaver Township School

    By / November 25, 2014 / Points of Interest

    This is the Beaver Township Country School/Township Hall, on Mud Lake in Benson County, about 23 miles southeast of Rugby, just a short drive south of York, North Dakota. The location of this school, right on the water, is very beautiful, however, there were 40 mph wind gusts the day we visited, making it a… [read more]

  • Balfour, North Dakota

    Back to Balfour

    By / November 12, 2014 / Balfour, ND

    We visited Balfour in November of 2014, nine years after our first visit, to get some photos of all the things we missed the first time. We actually tried to revisit Balfour in 2012, but a road construction crew had traffic at a complete stop on Highway 52, complicating our travel schedule, and we decided… [read more]

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