Sanish, ND

  • Underwater Ghost Towns

    Underwater Ghost Towns of the North Dakota Missouri River

    The construction of Garrison Dam flooded the Missouri River Valley and created Lake Sakakawea, something we’ve covered before in posts about Sanish and Four Bears Bridge.  We’ve photographed both a church and a home that once stood in Elbowoods — structures that were moved to higher ground to avoid the flood. Here’s a graphic, based on a… [read more]

  • Sanish, North Dakota

    Sanish Rodeo and More

    By / July 14, 2014 / Sanish, ND

    Sanish is no more.  It disappeared beneath the waves when the Garrison Dam created Lake Sakakawea and we’ve spent some time collecting photos of old Sanish when it still existed.  These photos were sent in by Don Hammer, scans he got from a friend’s scrap book years ago. These are mostly in the 1950 to… [read more]

  • Sanish, North Dakota

    Before the Flood: Leaving Sanish, North Dakota

    By / June 26, 2014 / Sanish, ND

    We’ve posted several galleries dedicated to Sanish, North Dakota, the former Missouri River town that was dismantled timber and brick and dispersed to higher ground when the Garrison Dam was erected, flooding this part of the Missouri River Valley.  There’s a gallery dedicated to the construction of Four Bears Bridge, our visit to the crumbling… [read more]

  • Christmas in Sanish

    Christmas in Sanish

    By / November 17, 2013 / Sanish, ND

    These photos of Christmas in Sanish, North Dakota come from Staci Roe, who came upon them in a hospital rummage sale and saved them from the trash. They are from the estate of Marvin L Knapp and the photographer is unknown.  Photos of the construction of the footings for Four Bears Bridge were in the… [read more]

  • Building Four Bears Bridge

    Building Four Bears Bridge

    By / November 14, 2013 / Sanish, ND, Special Features

    Mighty rivers require mighty bridges and several impressive examples have spanned the North Dakota stretch of the Missouri River.  The river valley near the former town of Sanish has been home to several.  First, the Verendrye Bridge, a steel truss bridge completed in 1927, crossed the Missouri at Sanish.  In 1934, the first bridge to… [read more]

  • Sanish, North Dakota, 1926

    Lost Beneath the Lake: Sanish, North Dakota

    By / November 12, 2013 / Sanish, ND

    Old Sanish, North Dakota came to an end in 1953, when the river valley it occupied for over half a century became the bottom of North Dakota’s newest reservoir, Lake Sakakawea. Sanish’s residents left for higher ground, as did the residents of other low-lying towns like Van Hook and Elbowoods.  Buildings were demolished and the… [read more]

  • Sanish, ND

    Sanish, ND

    By / June 3, 2005 / Sanish, ND

    Mountrail County Abandoned in 1953 This page refers to Old Sanish, ND, not to be confused with the present town of Sanish. Click any image to see the full-size pic. Old Sanish was a sleepy western North Dakota town until 1953, when town residents began to evacuate to higher ground due to the flooding of… [read more]

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