Nekoma in Winter

Nekoma in Winter

The following photos were contributed by John Kelly. Click to enlarge.

19 thoughts on “Nekoma in Winter

  1. Wow,,brings back a ton of memories to see Nekoma, ND on this website,,,THANKS My Aunt/Uncle/Cousins lived on the outskirts of Nekoma. In fact my Aunt worked at the missle base way back when. Do you have the first picture for sale,,,with the Nekoma Bar sign on the building?? I would be very intersted. My mom and dad are from Langdon, Hannaha area. To cool,,,love your website,,heard you talking about it today with Jack and Sandy.

  2. I dad was minister at the little wooden Presbyterian church in Nekoma while we lived in Langdon. I’m wondering if anyone might have a picture of that church. I’m sure the building is gone and I don’t know if there is a Presbyterian Church in Nekoma any longer. Love the website. Our hobby when living in MN, SD, WY, and CO was looking for old towns. Love the ghost town book—-Ghosts In A Sea Of Grass—featured several ND ghosts or near ghosts.

  3. I lived in Nekoma during the mid-1970s as well. Its amazing to see that the old bar & Post office
    buildings are still there. I was hoping to find a few pictures fro mthe Devil’s Lake area-I remember
    seeing a beautiful old stone two story farm house with a turret on the corner ( already long
    abandonded in 1975 ) not far from the city. Thansk fro the site-its a nice trip down memory lane.

  4. I used to live in Nekoma also. Went to school there from 1974 thru 1978. Seeing the pics brings back alot of memories for me as well. Would love to locate some old classmates and friends.

  5. I rememeber the Nekoma bar back in the day. Working then going to the watering hole. My wife would get mad sometimes not all the time. The girl that worked at the the Deb was her name she was so nice to everyone there!

  6. About North Dakota. . . Sure, it gets cold in the winter and can be very hot in the summer – all in all, it’s a beautiful place. You know how on Little House on the Prairie a rope is tied from the barn to the house during a blizzard? We had to do that a few times from our house to the neighbor’s house. We lived on the MSR site and life was different than anything we ever experienced. I’m glad for that, though; we learned how to live as few people in he US ever have. I’d love to go back now.

  7. I am glad to see this video. Is a good way to keep out the riff-raff.. I hope Kevin Kramer is proud of his presentation.
    North Dakota is a great place to live. I know I am in my 80th year and PROUD OF NORTH DAKOTA.

  8. My great-uncle Charles Slaybaugh had a farm in Nekoma many years ago (he moved to Grand Forks after WWII, then returned to his native Pennsylvania in the 1950s), and I had the pleasure of making a quick trip to Nekoma in January 1996 and having a chance meeting with his daughter-in-law Marie Slaybaugh. I happened to see the Slaybaugh name on a mailbox, and rang the doorbell. Though we had never met and she certainly “didn’t know me from Adam”, her friendliness, hospitality, and family stories brought some warmth to a cold ND day! I believe she passed away within the last couple years, so I’m glad I had the opportunity to have spent some time with her – albeit brief. Kevin, State College, PA

  9. I worked at the missile site in the fall of 1973 putting furnaces in the duplexes – can’t believe there are that few people there now. I recall the Nekoma Bar, but never spent time there – we were commuting from Devils Lake.

  10. My husband was one of the first military sent there, he later became a civilian worker. I met him there, I was one of the telephone operators at the PAR Site, then became a Communications Clerk at the MSR. I was inside both buildings. I was born and raised 12 miles from the PAR site in the Hensel/Crystal area. My maiden name was Becker. My Dad worked at the PAR when it was being built. Hubby and I lived in Langdon in the government owned area, then later bought a lot on the “east” side of Nekoma and parked a mobile home there. We were one of the very last families to leave there when things closed in 1976.
    I do no miss it one bit! We went to Ft Huachuca AZ, then to Ft McPehreson, GA then to Ft Ritchie, MD, Latterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA, and he retired from Ft Detrick, MD. It was a great ride. We retired to East Tennessee, (foothills of the Smokies) and are getting ready to go back to PA!!! We still have “missile” friend in AZ and WI. Met great people when we lived there.

  11. Safeguard was my duty station from November 1974 until it closed in June 1976. As a Military Policeman, I guarded missile convoys, escorted civilians carrying launch codes and occasionally pulled a 24 hour shift at the MSR or one of the Remote Sites. I’m proud to have protected the United State’s only ABM site. I’ve never been back, but I still remember the harsh winters and the smoldering summers. As a former resident of Montana, blizzards did not scare me. I got cabin fever one winter day and walked up the fence line from the BEQ to the quarters of some friends. Had to turn around and walk backwards when my eyelids froze. Temperature was minus 101 degrees with 70 mph winds and at least 40 degrees below zero. I spent hours out on the missile mounds guarding missiles when it was so cold, all you could do is huddle inside your parka and wait for your shift to end. One thing that amazed me was the friendliness of the local workers. I’d be standing there guarding somebody as they worked with a magazine loaded with live bullets and they would ask if I wanted to come to supper and meet their family. North Dakotans are the salt of the earth.

  12. Ah, Nekoma. My folks met there, marrying in 1936. Mom was the daughter of the elevator operator and Dad was the son of the Mercantile owner. My Dad’s folks had also met there and married in 1909, so that was close to the town’s beginning. All the attendant family houses and buildings have either been moved (Mom’s house went to Langdon) or torn down. Family members also take up a fair percentage of the local cemetery ground there as well.
    Nowadays, the Pain Reliever Bar and Grill sit on the site of the old Nekoma Mercantile My Brother and I had a welcome, cold beer there July 4, 2005 during the town’s Centennial Celebration. Our Grandmother, who was Temperance, would have had a fit if she’d seen such things being carried on at the location she spent so much time and work on.
    I would like to make a scale model of the old store and have good pictures to go from. What has me stumped is how to copy in miniature the metal siding on this building and many others, including the ones shown in the building pictures shown here. I see this stuff is disappearing or being torn off, perhaps for decoration or souvenirs. This simulated stone block metal siding is ubiquitous all over ND and I’d love to get the story behind it; who made it, sold it, installed it, etc. Well over a hundred years old now. It’s a challenge to reproduce as nothing in the model supplies available come close and I expect I’ll need to do it manually.

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