Inhabited as of 6/05
Palermo is quite populous compared to most towns you’ll see on this website, but the large number of abandoned structures 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
It was founded in 1901 as a GNRR town made up of primarily Norwegian settlers. It’s name was a tribute to the Italians who worked on the area railroads.
The school pictured below was built under the Works Progress (later ‘Projects’) Administration program using Federal dollars. A site visitor reports it was used until the ’89-’90 school year.
The small white building pictured below 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.
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