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Deisem, North Dakota

When we planned our trip in early October of 2014, we realized we would be in the area of Deisem and made plans for a return visit. Deisem’s former church, the lone remaining structure, was in such terrible shape last time we were there, we didn’t know whether it would even be standing when we […]

Ten Lost North Dakota Places


It’s always a thrill to see enthusiastic residents get involved in saving historically and culturally significant places in their communities, but in North Dakota’s vanishing small towns, the losses frequently outnumber the wins by a significant margin. It’s something we’ve seen time and again in over ten years of photographing North Dakota. What follows is […]

Abandoned Structures: The Stages of Ruin


In our ten years of exploring North Dakota’s ghost towns and abandoned places, we’ve seen structures in all stages of condition. If a building can survive without falling victim to fire, flood, or the bulldozer, it goes through a somewhat predictable process. We’ve learned a few things about the steps each structure goes through on […]

All That Remains of Deisem

Deisem, North Dakota

Since starting this website about North Dakota’s ghost towns and abandoned places nearly ten years ago, suggestions about places to visit have been rolling in. One of the suggestions we’ve received on more than one occasion is a place called Deisem, North Dakota. So in July of 2012, with fellow photographer and GND co-founder Terry […]