Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota
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 a local resident who didn’t even know it was there. 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.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
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