Autumn in Ghost Town Hesper, North Dakota ?>

Autumn in Ghost Town Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota is a town that had been on our radar for some time but we never had an opportunity to check it out.  In the summer of 2012, Philip Tron emailed to tell us Hesper had officially become a ghost town and submitted a few photos.  After seeing them, we made it a priority to stop in and snap some shots.

Hesper, North Dakota

On arrival in Hesper, we were struck by the silence.  It was indeed a true ghost town, population zero.  There were several homes in Hesper that were in such good condition, it was almost as if the occupants had just stepped out and we had just missed them. It’s not hard to imagine a suspense thriller set in a place like this, where the mystery is finding out what happened to all the people.

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper is located 35 miles west southwest of Devils Lake in Benson County, a beautiful region and prime hunting country.

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

That’s gonna delay the mail.

Hesper, North Dakota

Very much like some of the other ghost towns we’ve photographed, Hesper had a handful of abandoned homes and structures, but several places were being used for storage by someone who doesn’t live on the town site.

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper is featured in our hardcover coffee table book, Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 1.

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Hesper, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

23 thoughts on “Autumn in Ghost Town Hesper, North Dakota

    1. It looks like a creepy cloaked figure standing there but I’m wondering if its just a sign at an angle in the distance? Although, you would likely see some definition from the way the lighting is hitting it. Very strange!

    1. Some time ago, the state put most all the rural addresses on a grid system starting from the center of the state (near Pickardville) – that is, except within Grand Forks, Burleigh, and Ward counties which have their own grid addresses originating from within their respective county seats.

    1. What do your cousins do with the abandoned homes? Are they just used for storage or nothing at all? Do they own the land as well or just the structures?

  1. When I was in 7th and 8th grade our junior high basketball team played a ball game in Hesper, probably less than 10 miles from home for us. There was also an active small machining company that repaired farm equipment or created new parts to replace worn out ones. It was a small town near the end of the railroad spur.

  2. The red house in Hesper was once occupied by my grandfather, A. Larson. The school that had been there would have been fun to see in its early years. Was sad to drive by a year ago and find out no one lives there anymore.

  3. I believe that we visited the people who lived in this house about 20 years ago. The people who lived here were Allan Brandvold and his wife.

  4. How much of North Dacota has been left by people? What are they doing with the big lands there? Any reason not people are living there anymore? I also see you write about ticks there, looks like it´s a big problem?

    1. Unless you farm there are no jobs. When I grew up near here there was a farm family every mile or less. Now there are huge farms running thousands of acres by machines

  5. I knew Andrew Larson I don’t remember iwhat pouse he lived in Hesper but I worked on his furnace one night and may have sold him fuel once or twice .He usewd to comt o Esmond and was friends with Mrs. mabel swanson and he Mabel, Joe Pfua and Mrs. Thersa Hoffner (all widoows and widowers ) would go dancxing .
    Andrew had a son named tyler who lived with him in Hesper .

    1. Andrew was my grandfather,and Tyler was my uncle,(,and Godfather). I just visited Hesper yesterday,and it was a very bittersweet experience. I have very many vivid memories of when we would visit them there,and it was sad to see there house,as well as ghe Alan Branvold house abandoned.
      Alan Jr.,and his sister and I would play together when we were kids.

  6. I haven’t been to Hesper in probably 50 years. We used to visit my “uncle” Alfred there. Couldn’t recall what his house looked like but my sister is in charge of the family history so I was excited to call her to log on to see these.
    We lived in Maddock until 1969. I recognize some of the names posting here. What a fun “find” this is!

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