Alfred is a near-ghost town in Lamoure county, southwest of Jamestown. Alfred is unincorporated, hence official population figures are hard to come by, but there appear to be perhaps ten permanent residents in the actual town site with more in the surrounding rural area. Alfred’s reported peak population was 150 in 1930.
Alfred has a well-maintained cemetery and a Seventh Day Adventist Church which was in session the day of our visit. There were approximately ten vehicles parked outside, so there is plenty of activity for such a small town. As we’ve seen in other towns like Alfred, the church will quite likely survive long after the residents are gone.
The northeast portion of Alfred is largely abandoned structures, near the lake and the former rail line (now gone). The rest of the town is quite nice. Alfred was founded by Englishman Richard Sykes, who founded five towns in North Dakota — Sykeston, Bowdon, Edgeley, Chaseley, and Alfred.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC