Now Arriving at Roseville, North Dakota

Now Arriving at Roseville, North Dakota

Roseville, North Dakota is a former Great Northern Railroad station at the intersection of County Roads 11 and 16 in Traill county, about ten minutes southwest of Mayville.

Roseville, ND

Roseville was never much more than a loose collection of farmsteads surrounding a grain elevator. Today, the tracks have been pulled up and the grain elevator is crumbling, but you can imagine a time, in the steam locomotive days, when a train passed through Roseville every day, loading grain from the elevator and delivering settlers to nearby towns with depots.

Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

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Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

Above: Looking down the former railbed, the ties and rails long since pulled up.

Roseville, ND

The condition of the elevator in 2013 didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. It looked like it would topple over, but at last update in 2017, it was still standing.

Roseville, ND

There is one other structure on-site, the white building shown above, which we’re told was the former township school, and was last used as the township hall.

Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

Roseville, ND

Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

14 thoughts on “Now Arriving at Roseville, North Dakota

  1. And if I’m not mistaken, there is a well cared for cemetery just across the road from these two sites.

    1. Yes there is. I didn’t take any photographs of it because it’s pretty flooded right now and I would have ended up with pretty wet feet…

  2. Most of my relatives are buried in that cemetery. My mother, Sylvia (Grinde) Guttormson went to the Rosewood school. My great grandfather, Johanne aka John Grinde, was a Norwegian immigrant who worked for the railroad, got as far west as Roseville and built a farm just north the school. My cousin owned the elevator.

  3. I went to grade 1 – 4 at the school. It closed in 1959 or 1960. My fourth grade year had 9 students in seven different grades. Myrtle Groven was the teacher. Our family still has the land across the road. John Grinde was my grandfather. The Roseville Church is on Kenny Grindes farmstead now

  4. My Sixth grade teacher was Miss Josie(Sp?) Grinde from Mayville. I’m guessing she’s a relative of the folks posting and mentioned here? I went to school in the little town of Chokio, MN. Just curious.

  5. My family‚Äôs homestead is close by …. I spent many happy summers there…and many of my relatives along with my great grandparents are buried at the cemetary that used to sit right by the church ( the church is torn down) … part of my heart remains there.

  6. My grandparents, mom and her siblings were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roseville. The church was organized in 1880, the building went up in 1891-1892 and closed in Dec. 1965. When I was a kid, we attended Christmas Eve services, at least, there with my grandparents, who also had their 50th wedding anniversary celebration there. Grandma and Mom taught in the Roseville school. Our family attended Farmers Union local meetings there. Josie Grinde played the piano for the group’s singing. The church building has been a shed on Kenny Grinde’s farm nearby, minus the steeple, since it closed. Grandpa told stories about John Grinde. My home was about 4.5 miles from there; our school and church were in Clifford. Grandpa and Mom hauled grain to the Roseville elevator in her growing-up years.

  7. I passed through Roseville in 1993 while attending a GNRHS convention in Fargo and remember the elevator and the old schoolhouse, which I recall then had an old swing set in the front yard

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