Merricourt is a very remote town in Dickey County, about fifty miles south of Jamestown. There are fewer than a handful of residents in Merricourt — just one family remains in this near-ghost town. We didn’t intend to visit Merricourt when we went on an adventure in October of 2014, but some last minute route changes took us right through town, so we stopped to snap a few shots, nine years after our first visit.
Our first visit to Merricourt was in 2005, and we have been there several times since then. See the rest of our Merricourt posts.
Judging by the number of emails we get about this place, Merricourt is one of the more popular places we’ve visited.
This is the former First State Bank of Merricourt, and it was also a bar later in its life. When we first visited in 2005, the glass was still in the panes and the door on the hinges. When we returned in 2011, we found it much like you see below.
We’ve occasionally encountered a bank vault standing alone in a vacant lot, like the one in Silva, North Dakota, and it’s usually a dead giveaway that you’re standing where the bank once stood. In this case, you can see the vault in its original context, at the back of the building. The floor has sunken considerably since 2011, and the roof gets worse by the day. Absent heroic intervention, that vault will be the last thing standing one day.
Author Keith Norman contributed a story about a robbery in Merricourt.
We’ve yet to see another brick elevator, but we’re told there’s one in Beach, ND.
We’ve enjoyed our visits to Merricourt immensely over the years. It’s very quiet and peaceful, and so picturesque, we chose to feature it in our third hardcover book, Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 3.