Hesper, North Dakota is a true ghost town in Benson County, just west of Devils Lake — population zero. Hesper is one of those towns that has been on our list for some time but we just never made it there due to time contraints. We intend to make a visit soon.
Philip Tron emailed to tell us that Hesper is officially uninhabited as of summer 2011, and sent along these photos. His captions are included below.
This house may have been built by my maternal grandfather. It was across the street from his blacksmith shop, and my parents lived there before I started school.
This house, near the center of the townsite was built by Elmer Swanson, who was the manager of the grain elevator. It served as the elevator manager’s housing until the elevator closed. It was occupied more recently by Alan Brandvold, a first cousinn of mine, and last by a man named Gene Young. When I was in grade school, I was impressed by the fact the house had a Murphy bed.
This house was last occupied by my uncle Alfred Brandvold. He was a small gentle man who suffered his whole life from battle fatigue earned in the trenches of WW1. The vacant lot east of this house was the location of the town’s church.
The street side entry of this house was the post office. My aunt Mable Brandvold, my mother, and lastly my aunt Sophie (Brandvold) Todahl served as post mistresses.
Photos by Philip Tron
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