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Sargent County
Vacant as of 5/05

Straubville, North Dakota: A True Ghost Town

Straubville, North Dakota: A True Ghost Town

We visited Straubville, North Dakota, a ghost town south of Jamestown, on a cloudy day in 2005 and found it totally abandoned. Unfortunately, we arrived a few years too late to capture the major remaining buildings when they were still standing.  We’ve been told that things have deteriorated since our last visit, so we’re hoping to go back to Straubville some time in the near future for an update.

We were recently digging through our archive and realized we had a good selection of photos from Straubville that we had never posted, so here they are for your enjoyment.

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Straubville, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Straubville, ND

Straubville, ND

Sargent County
Vacant as of 5/05

Straubville is in the extreme southeastern part of North Dakota, near the border with South Dakota. It was named for the first settler, Joseph W. Straub, who donated ten acres for the town site, in 1883. A Great Northern Railroad station was founded in 1886, and population peaked at 40.

It is empty now, with one building appearing to be recently boarded up. Cell service was not great.

Straubville is a short distance from the major highways, and quite secluded. The roads leading to it are unpaved and would be quite difficult in bad weather. The roads to approach Straubville are not well marked, so if you go for a drive to Straubville, be alert.

Although Straubville was once a GNRR station, we didn’t see any tracks, so either they were taken out, or we just missed them.  See more of Straubville here.

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It struggled to rain all day… but only managed a cold mist.


Not much remains of Straubville, North Dakota.

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

adjective: abandoned

1. having been deserted or cast off.

verb: abandon

1. cease to support or look after; desert.

2. leave (a place or vehicle) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return.

3. condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them.