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Mountrail County
Inhabited as of 7/13

The Pastoral Remains of Coulee, North Dakota

The Pastoral Remains of Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee is a tiny unincorporated town in the far northeast corner of Mountrail county, about 40 miles northwest of Minot.  Our Savior’s Scandinavian Lutheran Church, a few miles west of Coulee, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Unfortunately, we didn’t find out about it until after our visit.  We’ll get it next time.

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee is actually the second town to wear the name. There was another Coulee in Pembina County, which later became Hallson, and it is now a virtual ghost town.

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee, North Dakota

It looks like the last business in this building was Henry Schapp’s Liquor Store.

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee, North Dakota

We’re told the home shown above was once the parsonage of the Coulee Lutheran Parish.

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee, North Dakota

Above and below: The sad remains of a former church. We got to Coulee a few years too late.

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee, North Dakota

Coulee, North Dakota

Many homes like this are left abandoned when the last elderly resident passes on and there’s nobody around to move in. Others are left vacant when a family packs up and moves on for greener pastures. Which one happened here, we don’t know.

Coulee, 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.