Fredonia is a small town in Logan county, about 80 miles southeast of Bismarck. We had not intended to stop in Fredonia, but we saw a few buildings we wanted to photograph, so we made a quick stop.
Occasionally, residents (or former-residents) of some of the towns featured on this site to take offense when we post photos of and/or talk about their town. We have encountered several visitors who are clearly offended that we have chosen to feature Fredonia on this website — users who believe we have somehow labeled Fredonia as a “ghost town” by featuring it on this website. Nothing could be further from the truth and we stand by what we’ve posted here. This website is not only a chronicle of ghost towns, but individual abandoned places and buildings. There are several locations which fit that description in Fredonia.
So, to make sure it is quite clear, Fredonia is not a ghost town, and we wouldn’t even classify it as a near-ghost town at this point, although in another decade or two, it may be. The census data below supports that conclusion. If we’re wrong and Fredonia begins to grow, we’ll be thrilled.
US Census Data for Fredonia
Total Population by Place
1920 – 296
1930 – 394
1940 – 309
1950 – 268
1960 – 141
1970 – 100
1980 – 82
1990 – 66
2000 – 54
2010 – 46
A sleepy Sunday in Fredonia. Not many of the reported 46 residents around.
This church was in really good shape and we’re told it is still used. The brick work is simply amazing.
We were intrigued by this abandoned farmstead on the outskirts of Fredonia.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, 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