Walsh County Dereliction

Walsh County Dereliction

Every so often we discover some photos in an old folder and we can’t pinpoint exactly where we snapped them. It’s usually a quick roadside stop where one of us shot some photos while the other grabbed sodas out of the cooler — three minutes and we’re gone. This was likely one of those stops.

Somewhere in Walsh County between Grafton and Conway, we stopped and shot this old building — a country school or township hall perhaps. It caught our attention due to the unnatural angle at which it now resides as it collapses in a slow-motion, three decade implosion.

Walsh County, North Dakota

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Walsh County, North Dakota

Walsh County, North Dakota

Walsh County, North Dakota

Update: This location has been identified as the former Prairie Center Township School, District #6 at the Pisek Corner in Walsh County, shown on the map below. It burned in 2011 (we took these shots in June of that year) and ruins are all that remain today.

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

Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy

9 thoughts on “Walsh County Dereliction

  1. Pretty sure this was the one a few miles south of the intersection of Highways 17 and 18. It finally collapsed and there is nothing left. Amazing it lasted as long as it did!

  2. I believe this is was located at the intersection of Hwy 18 and Walsh county Rd 15, between the cities of vesselyville and pisek,

  3. Pretty certain this is of the KC Hall that was located at the corner of Hwy 18 and Hwy 15 (the Pisek corner, approximately 8 miles east of town). It’s gone now.

      1. Yes i grew up near this. we also called it the K.C. Hall when I was very young mid to late 70’s this was still being used. I think the virst time i voted was 1988 was in this building. I voted for George Bush sr.

  4. This is the Prairie Center Township School District #6 (I believe, #6) was built in 1930 and had replaced the former one room school house that sat on this site, which was moved to Pisek and used for a time as the legion. The former school still exists there. The one pictured here was settling due to the surrounding land owners removing part of the foundation (for what reason, I don’t know) and it burned in the summer of 2011. Located 2 miles west of our farm.

  5. It was a school. Then it was the KC Hall. They were going to move it but gave up that idea when they checked it out. However they had already destroyed the foundation. It was located on the SE corner of highway 18. On the 4 mile corner east of Pisek.

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