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 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 is located 35 miles west southwest of Devils Lake in Benson County, a beautiful region and prime hunting country.
That’s gonna delay the mail.
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.
There’s nothing quite like visiting a true ghost town in the fall. The air is brisk, and the colors are vibrant, but the abandoned buildings lend an eerie ambience to the quiet, as if to remind us that the spooky season is approaching.
Hesper is featured in our book, Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 1, Special Edition.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, 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