Sims, North Dakota is a beautiful near-ghost town, founded in what was at the time a somewhat remote spot on the prairie of Dakota Territory, about 35 miles west of Mandan. The Northern Pacific arrived in 1879 and extra boxcars were set aside to be used as businesses and shelter until a proper town could be constructed. The original settlers were attracted to coal that was easily mined here, and several early names of the town were “Baby Mine” and “Bly’s Mine.” …
Sims, North Dakota is a ghost town in Morton County, about 35 miles west of Mandan, just a few miles south of Interstate 94 — a place so hauntingly beautiful, we chose the photo above for the dustjacket cover of our second book. Sims is a place people have been telling us to visit for nearly ten years, but it took us this long to find a way to work it into the schedule.
Several structures remain standing in Sims — the old house you see here, plus the still-active Sims Scandinavian Lutheran Church and accompanying parsonage. There are two more structures just to the north of Sims, but they’re on the other side of a now closed bridge, and posted “No Trespassing.”
The Sims town site is abandoned — that is to say nobody actually lives there, although there are residents in the area, and the church is a landmark. There is a comprehensive website dedicated to Sims and nearby Almont here. Make sure you check out the publications — fascinating reading in pdf format.
Sims was featured in our second book, Ghosts of North Dakota Vol. 2.
The view from the cemetery, looking down on the Sims town site.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC