Eastedge, ND

By / May 30, 2005 / Eastedge, ND

Barnes County
Status: Vacant as of 5/05

Eastedge, ND is in south-central North Dakota, between I94 and the South Dakota border. It is a true ghost town. Only two homes remain standing on the townsite.

Eastedge was founded in the year 1900, named after the old railroad construction camp. A post office followed two years later, and Eastedge had grown to 80 people by 1920.

Using maps we got from Mapquest, we were surprised to discover the suggested route to Eastedge was impassable. The road leading in from the East is now completely underwater.

In the photo of the abandoned house, what you’re seeing is a genuine North Dakota sleet storm, on May 1st no less. It truly is a land of extremes in the upper midwest.  In addition to the abandoned homes, there was also an abandoned and run-down loading dock crumbling into the ground next to the tracks.

To explore Eastedge, a 4X4 vehicle is reccommended, or you can make the short hike down to the rail bed from the road. The townsite is full of open basements and tall grass, so use extreme caution.

The nearby town of Nome is a interesting point to check out too. Although there is still a sizable population, there are several interesting abandoned structures including what looks like a large school.

Site visitor Shawn Bjerke recently wrote us to say:

My Grandmother walked to school in the one room school house at Eastedge. I also remember her telling me that the last resident of Eastedge committed suicide in the late 60’s or early 70’s! Maybe its a true ghost town!

Photos by Troy and Rat, copyright SonicTremorMedia.com

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don edson

Eastedge ND has got “the look” that would be produce spine tingling “edge” to a good horror movie, or at least a good Hitchcock-type toe curler…wow, now I just read about the suicide…someone call Steven Spielberg…

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nikki

I would love to go where this pic was taken. I live in Nome and don’t remember ever seeing this house around here.

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Pam

My dad went to junior high there. Every year when we went to ND to visit the relatives, we would go take a look at the school there (1950-60s) It was still in pretty good condition at the time, but has since been torn down. Never saw the homes though.

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Steven Bopp

Haven’t been on the river road out of Lisbon, ND for about 15 years, but the last time I did the Eastedge elevator was still there

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Steven Bopp

The last time I took the river road out of Lisbon, ND the Eastedge elevator was still on the west side of town.

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Aaron Johnson

I found out about this town through this website and I decided to visit just hours ago. As far as I could see with a spotlight (it was dark by the time I got there), the elevator was not there, only the two abandoned houses.

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Gary

My Mom gave me some old stock certificate and one was from Eastedge Farmers Elevator CO dated September 3rd 1919, It belong to my Grandfather. I was born in North Dakota and never been in Eastedge. I thought that was interesting. They lived on a farm in the close to the Preston Lutheran Church.

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keith zacharias

grew up half mile from eastedge nw. i and two of my brothers bruce and lynn went through eight grade at the school there. the two houses i think are the one on the hill was called the peterson house old people lived there. the other house is the rodlin house moved from a farm two miles from nw. the owner ole was electricuted trying to lift power lines over the roof upon moving the house to the present location. mrs rodlin used to cook noon meal for the school for several years. us kids would take turns going to pick up the food.
in 1954 our dad vincent bought the elevator and associated building and ran the elevator for two years before selling out to peavy elevator and went to work for them at the nome location.
the ramp shown was used to load and unload machines etc from the rail cars.
there was at one time three different elevator companies in eastedge. the general store/ postoffice burned down in 1952 when it lost the postadress.
the elevator the last one was moved by hownhouse clan that live in the valley some 10 miles from lisbon.

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Marilyn Mason

My maiden name was Kish. My parents were Ray and Gladys Kish. Dad ran the elevator for a short time, and my Mom worked at the store for Eskelson’s (spelling). I attended school in Enderlin.

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keith zacharias

Marilyn I and my two brothers lived with your parents for a couple of weeks while my parents took a vacation in the mid winter don’t remember year but about the 52-54 time frame. I think it was the fall of 54 when dad bought the elevator which included the house you lived in. at that time the elevator was closed for a while by then I think. long time ago now.

in 53-54 there was 1-8 grades. was highschool in earlier years I don’t remember when it was discontinued but it was about that time.

you had wonderful parents we very much enjoyed living with them. keith

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Marilyn Mason

I was amazed to see this picture…in the 50’s I lived in this house. My parents moved to Eastedge, where my Dad ran the elevator, and my Mom worked for the owners of the store. They only lived there for one year. I went to highschool in Enderlin.

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Doug Eidsvig

Interesting to find familiar names associated with some of these towns. I attended school in Eastedge for seven years and was there the day the store burned down. We lived about 2 1/2 miles away. I walked or rode horse to school – and usually carried a gun with me to hunt rabbits or gophers. Strange how things have changed – for the worse in many cases. Keith – we had a lot of good times in those days. With the store and elevator gone the town started to die. The school closed in 1957 and was torn down some years later. Doug Eidsvig – eidsvigd@msn.com

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Marilyn Mason

I don’t remember a school in Eastedge…what grade levels were taught there around 1953-1954?

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