We’ve wanted to visit Antler for several years but it never quite fit into our travel plans until 4th of July weekend, 2013. Antler is a very small town in Bottineau County, just two miles from the Canadian border. The 2010 Census pinpoints Antler’s population at 27, although local residents claim a population of 35. Local residents have fought valiantly at times to keep the population figure from dwindling, including an effort by two local residents in the 1980s to give away free land to families who would agree to move to Antler. It worked in the short-term, with 6 families receiving land.
Antler has a rich and colorful history as a former Port of Entry, not to mention one-time World Record Holder for the World’s Largest Quilt. Tiny Tim once performed at the Antler Public School during a tour to support small schools. There is a fascinating website dedicated to Antler and it’s rich history at AntlerND.com — a word of caution however, you will get lost in that site for hours.
We stopped for a beer at the I Have No Idea Bar & Grill (also known as The Cabin) while we were there… not the friendliest place to outlanders like ourselves, but they had good cold beer and the prices were reasonable. You can see their Facebook page here.
Vince Azzarello sent in a photo gallery of Antler in 2012 which you can see here.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
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