Stady was founded in 1907 and was a stopping point on old highway 85. The peak population of 60 had dropped to 11 by 1940, after the highway moved. Stady is now a true ghost town — totally abandoned.
MJ Masilko contributed these photos with the following comments:
I’m sending you some pictures I took in May of 2006 of a ghost town called Stady. It’s in Divide County, 16 miles SSW of Fortuna. There didn’t seem to be any people living there, and we only saw 3 structures: a store, a house, and something else (maybe another store).
The old Stady store was in pretty bad shape when MJ visited in 2006.
We have some photos of Stady as it looked in 1915, when it was still something of a town.
Looking out the front of the store. On the left, you can see the ruins of a former structure.
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Epilogue: A visitor reports all above ground remains of Stady have been demolished due to instability and infestation concerns. The town once known as Stady, North Dakota is no more.
Photos by MJ Masilko. Original content copyright © 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