Stady, ND

By / March 16, 2011 / Stady, ND

Stady was founded in 1907 and was a stopping point on old highway 85. The peak population of 60 had dropped to 11 by 1940, after the highway moved. Stady is now a true ghost town — totally abandoned.

MJ Masilko contributed these photos with the following comments:

I’m sending you some pictures I took in May of 2006 of a ghost town called Stady. It’s in Divide County, 16 miles SSW of Fortuna. There didn’t seem to be any people living there, and we only saw 3 structures: a store, a house, and something else (maybe another store).

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Epilogue: A visitor reports all above ground remains of Stady have been demolished due to instability and infestation concerns. Stady is no more.

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12 Comments

Dennis Seyfert

Stady had a newspaper, it was moved to Fortuna and became the Fortuna Leader.

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John Carlson

Here I am in Tucson, AZ sitting at my desk, looking through the pictures of Stady. I am glad to see that someone has documented it and shared it with the rest of the world. I have walked through many of the buildings pictured, looking for clues of a previous life. I haven’t been up to the Stady/Zahl area in years but its something that think about often.

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Doug Daugherty

Every little reply from a local historian or resident of our little ‘towns’ in ND adds to a once very nice personal history that every reader can ponder and reminisce. Every little farmstead has a history. I do not doubt for a minute someone having lived or grew up in a ‘ghost’ town or abandoned farmstead contributed some solid basics to our great country.

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Colby Crawford

I went to Stady, North Dakota. Earlier this summer. Sadly, only the building in the last photo was still standing. Everything else appeared to have been bulldozed. There was only a small pile of rubble remaining.

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Maggie Stady

I am very interested in getting more information about Stady, ND, being that I am a Stady by birth. My first question is, who founded the town, when, and why was it named Stady?

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Patricia Stady

Hi there Maggie Stady! My name is Patricia Stady! It was my great grandmother, Alice Stady that founded this town. She was born in Canada and moved down to North Dakota where she married and then it appears had two sons (one being my father’s father). Where do you live? There is great history in our family and I would love to know if and how you might be connected. I was born in Williston, ND and my parents brought us kids to Minnesota.
Sincerely,
Pat (Stady)

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Clifford Lund

Hello Maggie,
Maybe you might have known my Dad he was born near Stady in 1915. His name was Alfred Lund. He went to the Stady school. His Dad’s name was Hans Lund and his Mother’s name was Tillie Lund. It is interesting to find someone who was born there too.

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Patricia Stady

I appreciate your thoughts as it is my family history and great grandmother that founded this town. You must be from that area? This town was a significant part of my family history. A history that I am still piecing together. Thank you for your sentiments!
Patricia Stady

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Clifford Lund

My Dad (Alfred Lund) was born not far from Stady and went to the Stady school. He was born in 1915 and his family moved to Minnesota in the 1930s when they lost their farm. I have the document that notified my Grand Mother they had lost it.

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LOIS RITTER

Many years ago, after spending the summer in Iowa with grandparents, my mother and grandparents drove to Stady area to visit, Grandparents were Ben and Rose Palmer but did not live in town and I would be hard pressed to tell you exactly where they lived. They had 3 children – June born in 1915 now deceased, Gordon 1918 and lives in Burlington IA, Cliff now deceased. We also had relatives in Fortuna and in Crosby. Moved to Bottineau in 1940 where I did my schooling and now live in Cottage Grove MN. But, no matter where I live now, North Dakota is always “home”

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