Backoo’s Lonely One Room School

Backoo’s Lonely One Room School

Backoo, North Dakota was founded in Pembina County in 1887 along the Great Northern railroad line, about five miles northwest of Cavalier, but little development occurred and the population never exceeded fifty. This lonely one-room school stands alongside the highway, just miles from the incredible beauty of the Pembina Gorge.

Backoo, North Dakota

Although it was an unincporporated community, a post office in Backoo operated from September 26th, 1887 until October 11th, 1988. This schoolhouse now sits among a loose cluster of farmsteads and rural businesses. It is prominently posted “No Hunting.”

Backoo, North Dakota

Backoo, North Dakota

Backoo, North Dakota

Backoo, North Dakota

Backoo, North Dakota

Backoo, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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

4 thoughts on “Backoo’s Lonely One Room School

  1. My father Arnold Schoneheit and many of his siblings attended school in the Backoo schoolhouse in the 1930s and 1940s. It was so cool to see it again. (Drove by it in June 2015.) Dad is still with us and loved the photos too!

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