This is Cayuga, North Dakota, in Sargent County near the South Dakota border. It was founded in 1887 in the Dakota Territory, two years before statehood.
I had been in South Dakota photographing some places, like White Rock and Brown Earth Church and I made a quick stop in Cayuga on the way home to get some photos. I was blown away by the number of abandoned places there were to shoot, but due to time constraints, I was only able to shoot a small number of them. (Terry and I returned later to get more.) Here’s a sampling:
Looks like a sleepy Sunday evening in Cayuga, right? There are actually about ten people sitting on chairs on the sidewalk in front of the bar, right behind the trucks parked on the left. Impressive turnout considering Cayuga’s population in the 2010 Census was 27 residents.
What kind of magical kingdom awaits inside this gate? My mind can imagine wondrous things… but I didn’t feel like braving the shoulder-high weeds and robust woodtick population to find out.
There were many, many more beautiful abandoned and unused things to photograph in Cayuga, and I can’t wait to go back again some day. Update: we returned and shot more of Cayuga.
Photos by Troy Larson, © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy