Haynes, ND

Haynes, ND

Adams County
Inhabited as of 5/07

Haynes was founded in 1906 under the name Gadsden. It reportedly had over two hundred people at one time.

US Census Data for Haynes
Total Population by Place

1960 – 111
1970 – 53
1980 – 58
2000 – 19
2010 — 23

The owner seems to be doing a pretty good job of steady upkeep on this school.

Haynes is just a few miles inside the North Dakota border with South Dakota.

No waiting in line… anyone?

2007? or 1907?


Photos by Troy and Rat, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

50 thoughts on “Haynes, ND

    1. I grew up in Haynes through sophomore last class in high school was 1962 grade school closed a few years later played basketball in the gym cafeteria right bottom side of school new gym was built later . many found memories Roger

      1. My dad George Tormoen grew up on a farm in White Butte, SD 12 miles south of Haynes. He stayed with an Aunt during the week and went to High School in Haynes in the 1930s. He swept the halls of the school for 50 cents a week and was happy to earn it.
        His family had to move to Minnesota as the land dried up in the 30s. First Thief River Falls and then Minneapolis where they live today.
        My dad went on to the Civil Conservation Corps near the foot of the Black Hills, was a lead bomber pilot in WW II , married a girl from Tennessee and had a long and productive career and life. He had some great stories about Haynes, going to the grain elevator and catching a movie for a dime. He had one story about a grizzled old black man who lived in a cave and rarely came to town. I wish my dad was still here to fill out the details. He sure could tell a story.

  1. My grandmother grew up on a farm just to the west of Haynes. She attended that school from K-12th grade. There is some dispute as to when it closed, but it was sometime between 1962-64. She said it remained open for town gatherings and stuff for about 20 years after that. My great-grandma has a Hettinger/Haynes centennial commemoration book and it has many pictures of a regional basketball tournament held at the Haynes HS with at least 6 other towns in attendance.

    1. I am originally from the Rhame area, but remember my father tell of playing basketball and baseball at haynes in the mid 50’s. If your able to I would love to see you post some of those pictures from your grandmothers centennial book of that regional basketball tourney. Crazy some of the small venues that hosted regional tourneys back then, my uncle has told me that even Rhame hosted some regionals back in the the 40’s and 50’s

    2. I went to school there in 69. I know it was in the early 70’s that they move all classes to Hettinger, My Grandmother was the cook there for over twenty five years Genevieve Quenzer, I lived in Haynes in the 60’s.

  2. The workshop attached to the school was our “new” gym. The house right under the school pic is the house that I grew up in. Imagine my surprise when I saw it!! The last graduating class was held in 1963 and the school closed forever in 1970, until that time, there was a grade school there. After that, Haynes became a “ghost town.” These dates are accurate because I researched it for our All School Reunion which was held July 4-5, 2009. Students came back from all over the US and it was a “smashing” success!!

    1. I am a columist for the local paper( Community Conversations) and do stories on older towns and their histories. I am writing about Haynes this week and would like any histoory on the town you can share.
      Joyce HINRICHS
      “I Write for You”

  3. Troy / Rat
    I have a photo of this school house which was taken sometime in the 1950’s, based on the vehicles setting next to it. It looks like the building had just completed construction. The photo was in my parents (both deceased) photo colection. It wasn’t until two years ago I finnaly figured out what / where this building was when I drove through Haynes and saw the school there.

    If you want a copy of this photo, let me know.


  4. i live in haynes in a house i know nothing about it is 98 years old and about a black away from the school. if you know any thing about this house please call me,

    1. Which side of the school are you. Is it the west side of the school or the east side of the school. If you are west of the school in a house that has a old satilite dish in the yard that is were I use to live.

  5. My grandfather was born at a house in/near Haynes in 1912. I’ve seen a photo of the house, don’t know if it’s still standing, or where exactly it was though.

  6. My grandfather James Dyson & several of his siblings all had farmsteads south of Haynes. I’m told the house that stands at 106 8th Street West in Lemmon was originally built in Haynes and my grandfathers’ first wife had it moved. She was a teacher of some sort. Her name was Isabelle.

  7. I am fascinated by the type of houses you have. The front of a lot of buildings are square and behind that you have tilted roofs and I have not seen that type of houses in Sweden where I come from. A big difference is your choice of colo(u)r for your buildings being white while old houses here are almost always red.

    Thumbs up for this site. The whole abandoned towns scares the creeps out of me but at the same time very intriguing.

  8. I grew up in Hettinger and visited Haynes quite often in the 50s and 60s.

    I remember driving there one Saturday night with several friends to see the dance at the bar on Main Street. It was packed. We were under age so we couldn’t get in but walked around for a while outside.

    My uncle Viking Olson was janitor at the school in the late 50s for a few years. They lived in Haynes and I stayed over night there a few times and helped him with duties at the school. I remember operating the floor polisher on the floors a few times.

  9. Dear all: ANYONE there, who could possibly provide photos related to one old, distant
    relative in Haynes or Hettinger, ND – from about 1915 – 1925? The daughter of Sigrid Anna
    Olson and Severt Olson lived there at that time. The daughter’s name was Lettie (Olson) Tingstad and
    she was married to Paul Tingstad. Lettie’s mother was a sister of my great grandfather Otter
    Otterson in Bardu, Norway – where I was born in 1944. Lettie’s mother Sigrid Anna Otterson
    migrated to America in the latter part of the 1800s.
    Thanks for all info and photos, in advance.


  10. My grandparents, Brynjulf and Emma Rogne, homesteaded near Haynes in 1907 and lived there about five years. He was a carpenter and spent the week in Hettinger building houses. They lived in a sod house on the claim. Interested in hearing from anyone whose family was living there at that time.

  11. My name is Dale I use to live in Haynes ND in the late 70s and most of the80s. The town only had 24 people living there. There was a post office ,bar ,and the lumber yard for open businesses. I as a kid use to play at the school yard that was just east of my house. Haynes was a quiet place to grow up. I have a lot of great memories of my child hood there> I have not been back there for 22 years.

  12. My freshman English teacher, Mrs. Martin, taught at this school during WWII. All of the male teachers had gone off to the war, so she also coached the football team.

  13. My family lived in a house just south of Haynes in the 50’s-’63. I went to school there from ’57-63. My grandfather was the postmaster in Haynes for many years. The square fronts on those buildings is because they were store fronts on Main Street. When I was a little kid there were still two grocery stores there, plus at least one bar. The bar/store was the last to go I think. The three grain elevators were in operation into the 70’s at least and there was a co-op lumberyard there about that long as well. Maybe into the ’80’s. When I was in grade school there Haynes still had about 120 people living there I believe.

  14. Our grandfather was LR Church (wife Sadie) – I attended all 8 elementary grades here, except for a 6 week stint at Chandler school one year when harvest must have run late- The high school was still there as I finished the 8th grade. When I was little, there was still a general store on the west side of Main Street near the south end. I remember wooden bins with bib overalls in them and jeans of different sizes. And I recall bottles of pap, ere they a nickle?) in a sliding cooler at the elevator. There was a train depot there as well that was later moved to the east side of Hettinger. Billy O’day lived there I think. Terry Jorgenson and Henry Heidt and I went through all 8 grades together.

  15. I’m interested in knowing if a light plant ever existed here before 1946? The earliest mention I found of Haynes having lights would be after Montana-Dakota Utilities ran a line from Hettinger, ND to Lemmon, SD in 1946.

  16. My mothers (Ihle) grew up near Haynes. Does anyone have any info on St Peters Church. My Grandmother and other relatives are buried in the cemetery.

    1. On your computer, go to Google, type in Find a Grave, click on Search for a cemetery, type in St. Peters, click on US, North Dakota, and Adams County. There should be a list of internments at St. Peter Cemetery in Kansas City Township.

  17. I too remember the bar I believe it was called the wild turkey..I used to go there with my grandpa,Jim humphrey they had the best Sunday buffet there…good memories made there with my grandparents!!

  18. My grandfather homesteaded five miles north of Haynes in May, 1907. I attended grades 1-9 from 1954 to 1963. I would never exchange my years in Haynes. I will always remember the Haynes Equity Days with all the ice cream you could eat, times at elevator and lumber yard. Just lots of memories.


  20. Before the bar was named Wild Turkey it was The Square Deal bar . I’d have to my Dad when burned down ,Dale might remember when also

  21. My dad (John Bartels) and his brothers and sisters grew up in Haynes with their parents Abraham and Olive Bartels.

  22. I spent lots of time in Haynes, My grandparents lived their, my mother and aunts and uncles went to school at that School!! We had celebrations there….. many memories of Haynes, in fact, I still have an aunt and uncle who live in Haynes – seems to be 2 of the 23??? Bartels – many memories…

  23. I loved reading everyone’s posts of their memories of Haynes. I have many of my own wonderful childhood memories of Haynes. I even had my wedding dance and reception there in June 1990. My grandparents, Hazen and Delores Evans, once owned the Square Deal Bar. Those were some of the best times of my life! Sunday dinners, playing shuffleboard while listening to the jukebox and roller skating in the dance hall wirh my cousins. Tears come easily when thinking of how much I wish I could go back to those days. Loved that town! Sabra (Anderson) Hulm

  24. My parents Hazen and Dolores Evans owned The Square Deal Bar for 23 years. I have very many fond memories of the dances every Saturday. That was a big deal back in the day. I was the last 8th grade graduate class of the schoo. It closed down and we went to high school in Hettinger. The bar was sold in 1984 or 1985 and changed hands a couple times. It was last owmed by Mike and Vern and named the Wild Turkey Saloon. It burned down November 5,1990 I believe. The all school reunion was a lot of fun and the last time we drove through Haynes.

    1. Cindy Hi Gerry Egland here, I remember your mom and dad and all your family. Those were Great times. I try and stay in touch with a few folks. I’m sure you remember the Sat, night dances, your parents had, some wild dances, please try and stay in touch, I’m on FB so lets chat, Hope all is good by you and yours.

  25. I’m not sure when the High School closed, but the grade school closed the fall of 1968 when my 6th grade class started going to Hettinger. The school stayed open for community gatherings and voting place for several years. The “new” gym … which was state of the art when it was built was turned in to a grain bin … so sad … those beautiful floors ….

      1. The last 8th grade was my class 1970. Mary Miller, Sally Jorgensen, Barry Galbreath, Craig Steinbach and myself Cindy Evans. We all graduated from Hettinger class of 1974.

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