Nine years after our first visit to Sanger, North Dakota, we returned to see how things had changed. Imagine our surprise when we discovered Sanger is no longer a true ghost town. There had been no population when we visited in 2004, but today, Sanger is inhabited by two men, Ron and Dan, who moved to Sanger about four years ago. They have been renovating one of the existing homes in Sanger, and they’ve built several new structures as well. We had a nice chat with them and learned quite a bit, some of which you’ll see in the photo captions below.
As we approached Sanger from the north, we spotted this homestead on the side of the road and stopped to snap some photos.
- Just as we arrived at our final turn to drive into Sanger, we saw a group of cattle in the distance, spread out across the road, blocking our path. I stopped the car and tried to decide how to proceed.
- It was only a few moments before we realized the cattle were coming right at us and we were caught in the middle of a genuine North Dakota cattle drive, complete with cowboys on horseback.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, © 2013 Sonic Tremor Media
Author: Troy Larson
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota.