Palermo is in Mountrail County, and quite populous compared to most towns you’ll see on this website, but there were a good number of abandoned structures that made for some great photo opportunities.
US Census Data for Palermo
Total Population by Place
1960 – 188
1970 – 146
1980 – 97
2000 – 77
2010 — 74
Palermo was founded in 1901 as a Great Northern Railroad town made up of primarily Norwegian settlers. It’s name was a tribute to the Italians who worked on the area railroads.
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The school pictured here was built under the Works Progress (later ‘Projects’) Administration program and a site visitor reports it was used until the ’89-’90 school year.
The school is an impressive brick and stone building with art deco touches.
The small white building pictured here is the former Palermo Firehouse and Jail. There’s a story going around that Palermo welcomed transients and allowed them to use this structure as a place to bed down, but the town later changed their minds and ran off all the vagrants due to fear of vandalism.
One of Palermo’s notable former residents would be Miss North Dakota 2001, Michelle Guthmiller.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
1. having been deserted or cast off.
1. cease to support or look after; desert.
2. leave (a place or vehicle) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return.
3. condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them.