Chaseley, North Dakota: 12 Years Later

Chaseley, North Dakota: 12 Years Later

The last time we visited Chaseley, North Dakota, was in June of 2005, and it was a spur of the moment stop that we hadn’t planned. We took a few photos but didn’t run into anybody wandering about, so we moved along to the next stop without learning much about this tiny town in Wells County, right in the middle of North Dakota.

On the way home from a trip to western North Dakota in July of 2017, however, we decided to make another stop in Chaseley, and we’re glad we did, because we got to meet a couple Chaseley residents and learn a lot more about this slowly vanishing place. 

Chaseley, North Dakota

We stopped in front of the home shown above, where a young man named Bailey was getting ready to do some painting in advance of a big Chaseley reunion that was just a couple of weeks away. He said he was doing the work for a lady who owned the property and, after we had chatted for a few minutes, he said “Here she comes right now.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Terry and I introduced ourselves to the property owner, a delightful lady named Dorothy who owned a number of properties in Chaseley, a town which once had 125 residents. We asked Dorothy how many people live in Chaseley today and she said, “Six, if you count me.” She told us she has struggled with some health challenges and lives in Georgia about six months of the year.

Dorothy told us the building shown above was once the grocery store in Chaseley.

Chaseley, North Dakota

When we visited in July of 2017, it marked twelve years since we had last visited Chaseley, the longest gap between visits to any place in the history of this project. It had been so long that we had very little memory of our first visit, and we had to go back and review our photos from 2005 to refresh our memories on what we had photographed. Above: In 2005, the grocery store looked much worse. See more from our 2005 visit.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Behind the old grocery store there is an abandoned home and a former one-room school.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Chaseley, North Dakota

Chaseley, North Dakota

This little red storage building was once a one room country school.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Above: a view inside the former one-room school, today used for storage.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Dorothy told us the grand white home shown above was once a banker’s house, so inside, it is finished with gorgeous hardwoods and fine touches throughout. I might be mistaken, but if I remember correctly, I believe Dorothy told us planning was underway for this house to be moved somewhere else.

Chaseley, North Dakota



Chaseley, North Dakota

Above: a view from the porch.

Chaseley, North Dakota

Chaseley, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2017 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.

16 thoughts on “Chaseley, North Dakota: 12 Years Later

  1. Thank You for sharing the wonderful Old Communities and the Ghosts of North Dakota! Enjoy every time you share a new adventure! Thanks Again!

  2. I WAS BORN SEVEN MILES NORTH OF CHASELEY IN 1935, MY PARENTS HAD A FARM AND CHASELEY WAS OUR SHOPPING TOWN. WE SOLD EGGS AND CREAM AT THE CHASELEY STORE, ALSO WE SHIPPED CREAM TO MANDAN FROM THE CHASELEY RAILROAD DEPOT. AT ONE TIME CHASELEY WAS A REAL BUSY TOWN.
    YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT THE AREA IN MY BOOK INTITLED, MEMORIES OF DAKOTA JACK.

    1. There was a young man named Kleinsasser from Carrington, N, Dak. At some point he was with the Mn. Vikings. Any relation ??

  3. As always, I’d like to thank both Troy and his crew for finding and documenting the towns that they’ve found throughout North Dakota and to the good folks here for sharing their personal stories. It’s why I enjoy visiting Ghosts Of North Dakota.

    John M. from Massachusetts.

  4. I always look forward to your posts and pictures!! I am originally from North Dakota but moved to the St. Paul area in 1989 for jobs with my husband and family. We do visit ND at least once a year to see my mother-in-law who still lives there. I miss the plains, the clouds, and storms. I have met many former ND residents in the Twin Cities.
    Thank you for all of your wonderful pictures!!

  5. I always wonder what is the power, water and heat source for a town with 6 residents. Of anyone knows I am interested in learning.

  6. I lived in the house that Bailey is fixing up…it looks like he is painting it blue! I remember it was right next to the store owned by Harry and Laura Hoff. Great memories!

    1. Beth, This Dorothy and I am the person painting this house. What is your last name as I know many of the folks who lived in that house. It is so much fun to have people stop by . I am there EVERY SUMMER. Come see me some time.

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