Autumn in Ghost Town Hesper, North Dakota

By / October 2, 2012 / Hesper, ND

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.

On arrival in Hesper, we were struck by the silence.  It is indeed a true ghost town, population zero.  The red house shown below is in pretty good condition still, and looks to be the last home that was occupied in Hesper.

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

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That’s gonna delay the mail.

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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.

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A. Anderson

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!

Philip Tron

The “red house” was occupied until about a year ago. All the other buildings are curently owned by cousins of mine.


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?

claudine Hanson

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.

Jo L.

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.

Carol (Erickson)Bitz

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.


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?

Gene Reierson

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 .

Kathi I.

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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