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.
There are actually three structures in this photograph. On the right is a garage, in the center is some kind of small, one-room structure, and hidden in the trees on the left is a full-size home. Interior shots are below.
This is the interior of the one-room structure shown above.
This is the entryway of the home hidden in the trees.
What would have been the living room at one time…
This is the former kitchen and dining room. There was a small hole in the floor, and the you could see through to the basement. The integrity of the floor is a little suspect.
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