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.
We first visited Eastedge just before the smartphone and Google Earth era, so 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.
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!
What you’re seeing is a genuine North Dakota spring snow storm. The date was May 1st. 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.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC