Located in Stutsman County just a few minutes west of Jamestown, Eldridge is a very small community of perhaps a dozen residents. Eldridge began as Burton in 1879 but was renamed in honor of a local Bonanza farmer a year later. At one time, Eldridge was home to nearly 100 residents.
We originally became aware of Eldridge in June of 2010 when Dustin Person sent us a photo of the school.
Rat and I arrived at 7 am on a foggy, misty Saturday morning in 2013 and got our feet soaking wet within the first five minutes of exploring the school. Even at that early hour, we saw several vehicles pass during our visit.
Someone has taken pains to secure the school at some time in the past, but vandals have done their will to the the boarded up entrances. We were quite surprised to discover the original wood-frame Eldridge School still resides in the trees behind the large brick school. It appears to have been turned into a garage at some point in the past.
An old workhorse rests, retired in the schoolyard.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC