When we set out to photograph this school, we believed it was still intact, so it came as a surprise when we arrived to see this.
This burned-out shell of Munster schoolhouse is all that remains of a town that never really was. Munster was a Great Northern Railroad loading station, established in 1912, about 30 miles southwest of Devils Lake — there was a grain elevator, and this school. The grain elevator was torn down some years ago. You can see a 2009 photo of the school before it burned on this Flickr page, and compare it to Terry’s first photo below which is from a similar angle. Another North Dakota place which will soon be only a memory.
Update: We found ourselves passing through Munster again and, as expected, the school had deteriorated even more.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC