We spotted this farm on the way to Sheyenne River Bridge and made a point to circle back when we were done there. This farm is very austere and quiet, and largely un-vandalized, too. It is at coordinates 47.269772,-98.038936, just east of the near-ghost town of Karnak, North Dakota.
Sometimes, when you’re in a place like this, when the wind blows and the trees rustle, you can hear them… echoes of voices from the past. They’re the ghosts of North Dakota.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
See also: Dustin Person’s Karnak Photos
See also: Sheyenne River Bridge
This is the Sheyenne River Bridge, a railroad trestle at the north end of Lake Ashtabula, in the marshy transition between the lake and the Sheyenne River. Built in 1912, it is 2,736 feet long, making it a little shorter than High Line Bridge in Valley City and a little longer than the Gassman Coulee Trestle in Minot. Railroad bridges played such a crucial role in the settlement of our state that we’ve chosen to occasionally feature some of them here, even if they’re not abandoned.
We’ve heard this one referred to simply as the Karnak bridge after the near-ghost town about a mile down the track. Though not as long as High Line Bridge in Valley City, I would argue this one is more beautiful in setting. It’s remote, wild, and incredible. This area is also part of the North Country Trail, an ongoing effort to create the longest scenic trail in the nation.
There’s one narrow dirt road that descends down to the west bank to a boat launch and a short nature trail.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2014 Sonic Tremor Media
See also: Gassman Coulee Trestle
See also: Karnak, North Dakota
Thank you to Dustin Person for contributing these photos of Karnak. Dustin’s comments:
Karnak is in southern Griggs County, south of Cooperstown. It had only one house/farm, so population less than 5. The elevator is still being used. There is a school house, and a couple of abandoned buildings that were kind of tough to get close to. The “Streets” were grass covered, as shown in the pictures. The large house/farm pictured is located just northwest of the town site.
Photos by Dustin Person. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media