Ten Years of Ghosts of North Dakota

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GhostsofNorthDakota.com celebrates its 10th birthday as a website in the spring of 2014, and boy how things have changed!  We could never have imagined it would come this far, considering our humble beginnings.  Here’s your evidence… a screenshot, the first archive snapshot ever taken of our site as it appeared on May 28th, 2004 (click […]

Video: Memorial Weekend Trip 2013

After getting suggestions from several people that we start doing videos again, we decided to ease back into it and we did just a little bit of video on our trip over Memorial Weekend.  We stopped doing videos some years ago, mainly because there are only two of us, and when we go on a […]

Ghosts of North Dakota: The Book

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The Bucyrus Fire Relief Effort

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Bucyrus, North Dakota was decimated by a wind-driven wildfire on October 17th, 2012.  Nearly all of Bucyrus was lost in the fire.  Thankfully, two dozen residents of Bucyrus were evacuated before the fire and there were no injuries.  However, Bucyrus’ residents have lost their homes and possessions. We spoke with Adams county emergency management and […]

The New Map

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People have been asking, and we’ve listened.  The map of North Dakota’s ghost towns and abandoned places is now a fully interactive Google map, with nearly every place on our website marked.  You can zoom in and out, see highways, get directions, even visit the map from your smartphone for real-time driving navigation in three […]

Minot Flood 2011

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I was born and raised in Minot.  You can imagine I’ve been watching the developments in Minot closely.  The flood is of epic proportions, and the water is higher than the flood of 1969, which had a catastrophic impact on the city.  It is possible that hundreds of families may lose their homes, and for […]

Roadtrip Report: Memorial Weekend 2011

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We returned from our first full-fledged trip of the summer yesterday.  It’s been tough waiting for some dry weather in what has turned out to be an extremely wet spring, but we chose to take a trip — weather be damned.  And we dealt with rain for the whole day. From Fargo, we traveled to […]

Trip Report: May 2010

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As of this writing, Rat and I have just completed our longest ghost town trip ever.  Two days, eight counties, sixteen towns, four tanks of gas, and 1058 miles.  This is a brief summary of the trip. We left Fargo at 7am on I94, met up in Mapleton with our documentary film crew, Dave Grant […]

Goodbye to an Icon

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The home pictured here is the former home of the Opp family in Lincoln Valley, ND. Lincoln Valley was the first really inspiring true ghost town we ever visited in North Dakota. We spent hours trudging around in waist-high grass (got covered in wood ticks in the process), taking photos of what remains of this […]

2010 GND Report

It occurred to me a couple of nights ago that after seven years of photographing North Dakota’s abandoned places, we have never really issued any kind of report or drawn any firm conclusions on what we’ve learned from this endeavour.  So consider this your state of the ghost town state address.  We’ll do at least […]