Temple, North Dakota is the kind of place you drive by on a hot summer afternoon or an overcast morning. The kind of place you pass through on your way to a place called Ray from a place known as Tioga. Temple, however, has a destiny now-defined by those prepositions “by” and “through.” You drive by, you pass through, but you’re never going to Temple, North Dakota, because the town as we knew it is a ghost town.
These photos of Temple were contributed by Nichole Simpson.
In these photos taken by Nichole Simpson the school is being prepped for a move to a new site by a new owner. Not long after, the school was relocated and repurposed as an addition to a home.
Contributor Mark Johnson also sent in a Temple gallery you can see here.
Temple is just a couple miles north of Highway 2, about halfway between Stanley and Williston.
We’re not sure what happened to it, but multiple people have told us this church is now gone from the site of Temple, too. With the school and the church gone, it won’t be long before Temple is an archaeological ruin. Aside from some occasional oil industry inhabitants, Temple, as of now, is a North Dakota ghost town.
Update: A Facebook follower informed us the church was burned because it had deteriorated to the point that it became dangerous.
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See also: Ghost Town Temple, North Dakota
Photos by Nichole Simpson. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy