In Bowman County, about eleven miles south of Rhame, North Dakota, this place remains, if only on borrowed time. Known simply as Nebo School, this little structure is the ruin of a North Dakota country school. There is very little information on the web about this particular school, so if you have a connection to this little school, please post a comment below and maybe we can remedy that.
The topographic setting of this little school is right on the western edge of the North Dakota prairie. A few more miles to the west, the landscape turns rugged as you approach the Montana border.
We stopped to photograph this place as we were headed to South Dakota, which we would pass through on our way to photograph a few places in Wyoming. It is just down the road from the Adelaide School. This was our first time in this extreme southwest part of North Dakota and we were somewhat surprised at how remote this area is as you travel south. Gas and food stops have to be well-planned because restaurants and gas stations are few and far between in the region.
Imagine the day — attending school in a prairie setting like this, having that view just outside the window all day.
Chalk drawings that look as though they could have been done yesterday are actually three decades old.
Note the ladder in the corner of the room. Someone has been salvaging materials from inside this old school, although it is admittedly hard to tell the difference between salvage work and vandalism at times. Based on the water damaged ceilings and the encroachment of nature, this school is on its last leg.
Update: According to site visitor Marion Miller, Nebo school has been demolished (see comments below).
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, © 2015 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