Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

By / July 30, 2014 / Points of Interest

This is a small sampling of photos from our visit to Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel in July of 2014. If you’re interested in the history of this lift bridge, which was only raised once, you can check out our previous gallery featuring photos and captions from our friend R. David Adams, or you… [read more]

Freda, North Dakota

Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota

By / August 6, 2013 / Freda, ND

Freda, North Dakota is a true ghost town in Grant County about 35 miles southwest of Bismarck.  Freda started out as a Milwaukee Railroad town, and once had a population  of 50 plus its own bank. Today it is totally abandoned with the remains of its depot crumbling in the elements. There is one other… [read more]


San Haven Sanatorium

By / October 3, 2012 / San Haven, ND

San Haven Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains, a few minutes north of Dunseith. Thousands of TB patients received treatment here between 1909 and the end of the TB endemic in the 1940’s. Prior to the advent of antibiotics which brought tuberculosis under control, roughly 50 percent of… [read more]

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Nekoma Safeguard Complex

Cavalier County The Nekoma Safeguard Complex is a unique place in the history of the US military’s anti-ballistic missile effort.  A portion of the Wikipedia entry for this place: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex in Nekoma, North Dakota, with the separate long-range detection radar located further north near the town of Cavalier, North Dakota,… [read more]

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    Hutmacher Farm

    Dunn County The Hutmacher farm is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered the midwest’s finest still-standing example of the earthen abodes built by Germans from Russia. Believe it or not, Alex Hutmacher lived here until 1979. The Hutmacher farm has been undergoing restoration. You can get more information here. These photos… [read more]

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    Danzig, ND

    By / February 14, 2011 / Danzig, ND

    McIntosh County Inhabited as of 6/10 A few buildings are all that remain of the town that was once Danzig. In the extreme south central part of the state, Danzig is about halfway between Ashley and Wishek, southwest of Jamestown. The first Post Office was established in 1898 but it closed due to lack of… [read more]


    Sanctuary Guest House & Tea Room

    By / February 13, 2011 / Points of Interest

    Last fall I traveled with my family to Walhalla for a friend’s wedding and we stayed at the coolest little bed & breakfast called Sanctuary Guest House & Tea Room. Consider this a strong recommendation — Walhalla is such a beautiful town, very photogenic, and the accommodations at Sanctuary House are a perfect compliment. Sanctuary… [read more]

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    San Haven Sanatorium

    By / February 12, 2011 / San Haven, ND

    Rolette County Abandoned in 1989 San Haven is located just a few miles northeast of Dunseith. It was founded in 1909 as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium and later became a hospital for the developmentally disabled. Over the years, San Haven grew into a huge complex of structures complete with underground tunnels to connect the complex. It… [read more]

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    San Haven Sanatorium in the 1930’s

    By / February 11, 2011 / San Haven, ND

    Rolette County Abandoned in 1987 Susan (Thingvold) Sande of Kalispell, Montana contributed the following photos of San Haven in the tuberculosis era. The photos were taken by her aunt, Nora Thingvold in the 1930’s. Susan’s comments on Nora: “Nora was a nurse all her life – at San Haven, in hospitals in Devils Lake ,… [read more]

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    Urbana, ND

    By / February 8, 2011 / Urbana, ND

    Barnes County County Inhabited as of 7/10 Dustin Person contributed these photos of Urbana. Dustin’s comments: “There are 3 houses/farms, an abandoned school house, and an elevator that make up Urbana. Population is less than 10. It is located 3 miles north of I-94 about 15 miles east of Jamestown. The school house looks to… [read more]

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    Postcards from the Edge of North Dakota

    By / February 6, 2011 / Marmarth, ND

    Slope County This is a simple truth. There is no greater pleasure per penny than searching through a box of old postcards in an antique store. A little hard on the lower back if you’re wearing the wrong pair of shoes, but pleasurable none-the-less. Here are a few old postcards featuring scenes from Marmarth. Year… [read more]

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    Omemee: Now and Then

    By / February 5, 2011 / Omemee, ND

    Bottineau County Vacant as of 10/11 Color photo contributed by Mark Johnson After visiting in 2004, contributor Mark Johnson made a followup visit to Omemee. We were able to match Mark’s photo of the Superintendent’s house with an old postcard. The picture says it all… there’s not much time for Omemee. Mark’s comments: “attached are… [read more]

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    Nortonville, ND

    By / February 5, 2011 / Nortonville, ND

    LaMoure County Inhabited as of 7/10 Dustin Person contributed these photos of Nortonville, ND. Dustin’s comments: “Nortonville is about 25 miles south of Jamestown just off highway 281. It does have quite a few kept up houses, with a population around 20. I believe the only business there is Solinger Lumber.” Nortonville was delisted from… [read more]

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    Flaxton, ND

    By / February 5, 2011 / Flaxton, ND

    Burke County Inhabited as of 7/10 Tom Pence sent us the following photos of Flaxton, ND. Flaxton is in the northwestern part of North Dakota, just miles from the Canadian border. Although Flaxton is not a ghost town (it still harbors a population of 66), there are quite a few abandoned structures. CLICK IMAGES TO… [read more]

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