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Eastedge: Six Years Later

Eastedge: Six Years Later

On our way home from the south-central part of North Dakota, we stopped in Eastedge for a visit — six years to the month after our first trip there. As we mentioned after our first visit, Eastedge has a somewhat haunting history, and the weather was appropriately murky. Is it just a coincidence that when we returned, the weather was again spooky?

Eastedge was almost gone when we visited in 2005, and it’s one step closer today. The white house seems frozen in the middle of a slow motion collapse. Looks like a Dali.

The other house on the site still looks like it’s in pretty good shape. The farmer has blocked the road down into Eastedge with a pile of rocks, and the town site is now very overgrown with grass and weeds.

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

Eastedge Extras

Eastedge Extras

Eastedge, ND is in the Sheyenne River Valley in south-central North Dakota, between I94 and the South Dakota border. It is totally abandoned — a true ghost town. These photos are extras from our archive, taken during a snowstorm on May 1st, 2005.  See the main gallery here.

The railroad line is abandoned and unused today.

We returned to Eastedge six years later to see how the site had fared. See those photos here.

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

The Haunting End of Eastedge, North Dakota

The Haunting End of Eastedge, North Dakota

Eastedge, ND is in south-central North Dakota, between I94 and the South Dakota border. The railroad construction camp that once existed here was named “Eastedge,” a name descriptive of its location on the east edge of the Sheyenne River Valley. Eastedge is near two other places we’ve photographed — Kathryn and Nome.

It was May 1st when we visited Eastedge, a date that normally prompts visions of spring sunshine and flowers, but on this day, the weather was unusually cold and misty with a blustery wind that chilled us to our bones. We were unsure of what we would find when we arrived at Eastedge. Some might argue the weather was an appropriate harbinger of what was to come — just as we arrived, snowflakes started to fall, and we shortly discovered Eastedge is a true ghost town with only two homes standing on the former townsite, and an unnerving backstory.

After we posted these photos, Shawn Bjerke recently wrote us to say:

My Grandmother walked to school in the one room school house at Eastedge. I also remember her telling me that the last resident of Eastedge committed suicide in the late 60’s or early 70’s! Maybe its a true ghost town!

The small white home on the Eastedge townsite was moved here from another location, and several people have told us that the person who moved the house to the site was killed in the process when he touched an overhead powerline. This home is going through a slow-motion collapse and was in considerably worse shape when we returned six years later.

The remains of the old concrete railroad loading dock are the only other remains on-site. See more Eastedge here.

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