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They Left the Desks in the Old Niobe Schoolhouse

They Left the Desks in the Old Niobe Schoolhouse

Contributor Tom Pence sent these photos of Niobe, North Dakota, in Ward County, just a few minutes west of Kenmare. Niobe was founded in 1907, and the Post Office was built in 1908. The all-time peak population was reported as 250 in 1920, and there are still residents in Niobe today. Tom’s comments on Niobe:

Really, only one good “ghost” of a building in Niobe. The rest are either in relatively good shape and lived in, or else in shambles falling into the basement. This was a school building. It was fun stomping around the old territory once again.

Niobe, North Dakota

Niobe, North Dakota

Such a charming little schoolhouse.

Niobe, North Dakota

Niobe, North Dakota



Niobe, North Dakota

The last generation of students left this place–graduated to the school of life–but the desks remained behind.

Niobe, North Dakota

Photos by Tom Pence. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media

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Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy