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Stutsman County
Inhabited as of 5/13

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Located in Stutsman County just a few minutes west of Jamestown, Eldridge is a very small community of perhaps a dozen residents. Eldridge began as Burton in 1879 but was renamed in honor of a local Bonanza farmer a year later. At one time, Eldridge was home to nearly 100 residents.

Eldridge, ND

We originally became aware of Eldridge in June of 2010 when Dustin Person sent us a photo of the school.

Rat and I arrived at 7 am on a foggy, misty Saturday morning in 2013 and got our feet soaking wet within the first five minutes of exploring the school. Even at that early hour, we saw several vehicles pass during our visit.

Eldridge, ND

Someone has taken pains to secure the school at some time in the past, but vandals have done their will to the the boarded up entrances. We were quite surprised to discover the original wood-frame Eldridge School still resides in the trees behind the large brick school. It appears to have been turned into a garage at some point in the past.

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

An old workhorse rests, retired in the schoolyard.

Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

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Eldridge, ND

Eldridge, ND

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

Eldridge School

Eldridge School

Dustin Person contributed this photo of the Eldridge School with the following comments: Eldridge is inhabited by about 20 residents in 10 or so houses, and is just west of Jamestown off I-94. Most of the houses are well kept, and there is a very large elevator in town, that is still operational. Most of the pictures I took were of the school, which was amazing to me. There is a fence around the school, so I couldn’t get too close.

Photos by Dustin Person. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media