We were on a trip to explore some spots in east central North Dakota when we ran across Kempton. It was a place we had taken note of previously, with the intention of visiting some day, and here we were, just passing through.
This old schoolhouse was converted to a garage at some point in the past, but it still looks good.
Kempton was founded in 1884 and opened a Post Office three years later, but the population never rose above one hundred residents. The population dwindled and the Post Office closed on Halloween, 1970. Today there are a few remaining residents, some occupied places, plus the places you see here. Kempton is about 30 minutes southwest of Grand Forks.
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