Freda, North Dakota is a true ghost town in Grant County about 35 miles southwest of Bismarck. Freda started out as a Milwaukee Railroad town, and once had a population of 50 plus its own bank.
Today it is totally abandoned with the remains of its depot crumbling in the elements. There is one other structure next to the depot, and the ruins of several other buildings on the town site. There was also a grain elevator here at one time, but it was moved to Raleigh.
We spoke to an area resident who didn’t even know Freda still existed. If you don’t know what to look for, you’ll probably drive right past it.
One interesting footnote: according to North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick, a meteorite fell in Freda in 1919 and is now displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
The photos above and below are from inside the depot.
The building above looks like it may have been a store or perhaps a post office at one time. Below, a look inside tells us harsh weathering has been going on for decades, and it looks like someone has scavenged some rusty tin from the back wall.
The foundation of an unknown building on the east end of Freda.
This abandoned farm stands just about a mile or two north of Freda.
After two days on the road in the dead of summer, a lot of bugs have met their end on the front bumper of my car.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC