Ardoch is a town of around 60 residents in Walsh County. We visited Ardoch once before to photograph the quite impressive Mondry Elevator, a visit during which we spent quite a bit of time looking for a phone lost in the tall grass. Since I was in the area again, I decided to stop in for a better look.
There are an unusually high number of trailer homes in Ardoch, both inhabited and abandoned. Most of the historic structures are now gone, with only a few exceptions. I was somewhat shocked to discover a teenager burning leaves in a driveway right in the middle of town. It was a breezy day at the end of the driest summer in decades… seems pretty risky in a town without a fire department.
Photos by Troy, 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