Whitman, North Dakota is in Nelson County, about thirty minutes east of Devils Lake. We had Whitman on our list when we visited neighboring Bartlett in 2011, but we had to cut it from our list that day due to time constraints.
Whitman got some national press for their centennial celebration in 2012. The population was reported as two. Judging by the lack of activity we saw the day we visited, that seems accurate, and it puts Whitman in a small club of places, just hanging on with their last few residents… places like Merricourt, Sanger, Hanks, and Heaton. All have populations of two or fewer.
The banner on the garage is from the centennial in 2012 and it reads: “Dahlen on the Soo, Whitman in the Slough. See you in two zero one two.”
Despite the lack of residents, Whitman has an active, very well-kept Lutheran church in the center of town.
Sarnia United Lutheran Church
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC