Barton, North Dakota is in Pierce County, northwest of Rugby. In the 2010 Census, it was listed as having 20 residents.
We chose to visit Barton after a vocal visitor to our Facebook page suggested it on more than one occasion. It turned out to be a great suggestion — Barton has abandoned buildings on both sides of its main street.
We’ve already heard from one resident of Barton who seems to have a problem with the use of the word “abandoned” in describing some of the buildings in Barton, preferring to describe the structures as being “in disrepair” instead. In our opinion, it’s splitting hairs. Abandoned does not mean unowned. If a building is no longer used for the purpose it was originally intended, if its windows are boarded up, if it’s been vandalized and graffitti’d, if it has weeds and grass growing up around it, then it’s not a big stretch to call it abandoned, whether things are stored in it, and whether someone owns it or not.
Both of these photos show the steps which once led to buildings which no longer stand in Barton. We’d love to know what once used to be here if someone can enlighten us.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
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