Alkabo is undoubtedly one of the most remote towns we have ever visited. Roughly six miles from Montana and eight miles from Canada, it is the most northwestern settlement in North Dakota.
We drove north from Grenora to get to Alkabo. This stretch of road is minimally maintained gravel and traffic is very light. Cell service is hit and miss. We would not recommend travel in this area with anything less than a reliable vehicle, especially in wet or cold weather.
Alkabo is home to a handful of residents (there were only 19 remaining in 1976), and is situated on the side of a hill with the school at the top.
The former Alkabo School is now a museum.
Open basements, structural ruins, and vacant buildings dot the townsite.
After the destruction of the structures in Fillmore, North Dakota, Alkabo’s Main Street remains as one of the most impressive examples of an abandoned business district, with old vacant buildings standing side-by-side. Most of the structures east of Main Street are now abandoned, while Alkabo’s remaining residents inhabit the west side of town.
A common sight in towns like Alkabo — the bank vault still stands but the bank is gone.
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