Brantford, North Dakota

Exploring Brantford, North Dakota

We’ve known about Brantford, North Dakota — in Eddy County — for some time.  Mark Johnson contributed some winter photos a few years back, and we posted some postcards as well, but this was the first time we got a chance to actually visit.

We saw only one home which appeared to be inhabited (it had a satellite dish on the roof), but we didn’t see a single person the whole time we were there.  There were half a dozen abandoned homes, multiple foundations from buildings that no longer exist, the former Brantford Public School, and a church which was moved to a farm and then abandoned.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

The view out the froont door from Brantford Public School

The view out the froont door from Brantford Public School

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Moss grows on the floor in the basement.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Right inside the front door of Brantford Public School,

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

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Brantford, North Dakota

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A former pump house

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

This was once somebody’s driveway.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

There were thousands of bees buzzing around these hives, but they didn’t bother us at all.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

We waded through chest-high grass in places to get to the church at the back of this farmstead.

Brantford, North Dakota

This church appears to have been moved to this farmstead, for what purpose, we don’t know. The entire place is now vacant with only the bee colony on site.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Note the turnbuckles. We assume they were installed to keep the church stable during the moving process.

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Brantford, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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8 Responses to “Exploring Brantford, North Dakota”
  1. Sharon Klemm says:

    It is always amazing to me how these buildings, like the school for example, can look pretty decent on the outside and then when you post the photos of the inside…..whoa. Not so much. Great photos of this town.

  2. Karol Kapelle says:

    My grandparents lived in Brantford many years. I spent many wonderful times there with them. Used to have about 5 families in the town then.

  3. Frank Custis says:

    My name is Frank Custis and I live in Fayetteville, PA but am originally from York, PA. My father was Harold Custis and served in WWII with a Clyde Hall. Recently, while going through some of my father’s belongings (he is deceased) I found two letters written to him from Mr. Clyde Hall and postmarked from Brantford, ND in 1945.
    I just thought I’d try to locate any relatives of Mr. Hall (if possible) and see if they would like to see the letters. This is my first run at trying to locate the Hall family so I may be way off base … but I think it’s worth trying.
    If you can put me in touch with anyone I would be very thankful. For the record, here is my contact info:
    Frank H. Custis
    6445 Fairway Drive West
    Fayetteville, PA 17222
    H: 717-352-3171

    Thank you for your time.

  4. Linda Graham says:

    One of my ND cousins moved an old church building to his property and uses it for storage.

  5. Debra says:

    Wow. I just love this site so much. All the memories! When I look at all these pictures I just wonder who lived there, how and when did they leave, what hardship’s did they endure to finally throw in the towel?
    The bees still in the beehives? All so amazing.

  6. Paul Indergaard says:

    My Grandmother grew up in Branford and I remember trips as a kid that my family made to see my Great-Uncle and Great-Grandmother who still lived there at that time. They hauled water from New Rockford, and I remember the shock of having to use the outhouse in the back yard as they had no indoor plumbing. After my Great-Grandmother passed away my Great-Uncle and his wife lived there for a few years and eventually moved to a retirement home in New Rockford. I assume they basically abandoned the house but don’t really know.

    • Karol Kapelle says:

      Paul, are you speaking of Paul and Margaret Johnston? They are my grandparents. Margaret is now 97 years old and living in the nursing home in New Rockford. I think she has spoken of Mary Indergaard. Is that a relation to you?

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