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Another Visit to Cayuga

Another Visit to Cayuga

In summer of 2014, I stopped in Cayuga on my way back from South Dakota and was shocked at the number of great photo opportunities. I was at the end of a long day and just snapped a few shots, making a mental note to come back. We were thrilled to discover it’s just as beautiful in the fall as it is in the summer.

Cayuga, North Dakota

We spoke with a local businessman, Butch, a super-friendly gentleman who owns Cayuga’s bar, the red building on the left. We were very surprised when he said our last visit actually brought business into his bar, and he connected with a cousin he hadn’t spoken to in thirty years through the Facebook comments.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Butch told us this building was the grocery store, and also a hotel at one time. When I visited Cayuga in June, this place still had windows. I neglected to ask what happened to prompt the plywood blinds.

Cayuga, North Dakota

The old post office is the tiny building in the middle, hiding in the trees.

Cayuga, North Dakota

 The brick building on the left was the International dealer.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga is in Sargent County, about 40 miles southwest of Wahpeton.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

The fall colors were about a week from peak when we were there, but windy weather had already stripped many of the colorful leaves from their limbs.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

The incredible church shown below is actually in neighboring Geneseo, but we photographed it and included it here because a) it’s amazing and b) because a number of Cayuga residents call this church home. We included it in our book, Churches of the High PlainsSts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cayuga is still active, too.

Geneseo, North Dakota

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

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

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:

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

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.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

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.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

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.

Cayuga, North Dakota

Cayuga, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson, © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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