• Northgate, North Dakota

    An Abandoned Port of Entry in Northgate, North Dakota

    Northgate is a fascinating near-ghost town right on the Canadian border, about 70 miles northwest of Minot. It was originally founded one mile to the north, but moved one mile south to its present site. While the original town site retained the name North Gate (with a space) this town was renamed North Gate South, […]

  • Freda, North Dakota

    Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota

    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 […]

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    Derelict Tyner Pioneer Cemetery

    Tyner’s Derelict Pioneer Cemetery is all that remains of a rural settlement in Pembina County once known as Tyner.  Cemeteries are not something we usually feature as an entity all their own, primarily because there are plenty of websites out there which focus on cemeteries and family history already.  However, Terry visited Tyner Cemetery in […]

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    The Abandoned Skyline Skiway, Devils Lake

    This is a former Nordic ski jump, in Benson County, about 10 miles south of Devils Lake, or three miles east of Fort Totten, at the ski resort once known as Skyline Skiway. According to the December 1982 issue of Ski Magazine, this ski jump opened in 1928 and closed in 1936. The ski hill continued […]

  • San Haven

    8 Terrible Fates Our Ancestors Faced

    We’ve all heard the stories from our parents and grandparents about having to walk to school with no shoes, uphill (both ways), and there’s certainly an air of humorous exaggeration in many of those tales, but not too much exaggeration. The truth is, daily existence as a pioneer on the prairie was a hard life, […]

  • Barton, North Dakota

    A Lonesome View on Barton Street

    Originally called Denney, this unincorporated community was founded along the Great Northern Railroad in 1887.  The name was changed to Barton in 1893. Barton is in Pierce County, about twelve miles northwest of Rugby.  In the 2010 Census, it was listed as having 20 residents. We chose to visit Barton after a vocal visitor to […]

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    11 North Dakota Attractions You Can Visit for Free

    One of the things we’ve always loved about photographing North Dakota’s abandoned places and roadside attractions is that it feels like an alternative form of tourism–that is to say, most of these places are interesting and fun to visit, but there are generally no crowds and no admission fees.  However, when you have the kids […]

  • Raleigh, North Dakota

    Raleigh, North Dakota, Population 9

    Raleigh is a secluded little town in Grant County, just a short drive southwest of Mandan. The population is nine, and there are exactly two businesses in operation. The grain elevator does a brisk business, and the local tavern is called The Dogtooth — named after the hills which cut a ragged swath through the […]

  • Nanson, North Dakota

    Nanson: A North Dakota Ghost Town

    As we set out to photograph ghost towns in early May of 2012, we had Nanson in mind as our ultimate destination.  We’ve known about Nanson for quite some time but somehow we just never managed to make it there — it was time. After driving all day through an array of locations, we reached […]

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    The Shadow of Lunds Valley, North Dakota

    Lunds Valley is a beautiful near-ghost town nestled in a valley in Mountrail County, about fifty-four miles northeast of Williston.  It is one of those towns where we showed up a little too late, because there aren’t many of the original buildings still standing.  It is a mere shadow of its former self. Lunds Valley […]

  • Kief, North Dakota

    13 People and 3 Churches in Kief, North Dakota

    Kief is a near-ghost town in McHenry county, and is home to the first Russian Baptist Church ever established in the United States. Although only listed as having a population of 13 in the 2010 census, the amount of activity we saw on our visit to Kief seemed to suggest a larger population, perhaps twenty?  Kief […]

  • Griffin, North Dakota

    Ghost Town Griffin, North Dakota

    Griffin is a true ghost town in Bowman County, along Highway 12, about halfway between Bowman and Rhame, North Dakota. Although there are some working farms and ranches in the area, there’s barely a town any more, and no apparent residents in the actual townsite. A maximum population of 67 was reported in 1930, but […]

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    9 Questions with Artist Mariah Masilko

    Mariah (MJ) Masilko is a talented artist and photographer, a kindred spirit who has shared a number of places with us over the years, including ghost town Stady, North Dakota, the end of the Masonic Lodge in Calvin, and others. We caught up with Mariah in between artist and mom activities, and she was kind […]

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The Town That Never Was: Rival, ND

Rival, ND is a town that never was. It was established with the intent of being a “rival” to nearby Lignite, hence the name. However, no development of significance ever took place. Rival’s post office opened in 1907 and closed only two years later in 1909. Wylora Christianson contributed this photo with the following comments: […]

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Denhoff, ND

Denhoff is a near-ghost town in central North Dakota. It is just a few miles down a lightly-traveled highway from a great true-ghost town, Lincoln Valley. Denhoff was decimated by two fires in 1910, and reportedly reached a peak population of 323 in 1920. It is now listed in the US Census as a CDP […]

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Clyde, ND

Cavalier County Inhabited as of 6/10 Clyde is a near ghost town in Cavalier County near the Canadian border.  As of 2002, Clyde reportedly had six residents, quite possibly fewer today. It is no longer listed in the US Census. Thank you to Miranda Schuler of Upload Photography for contributing these photos. Her comments: I […]

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Souris, ND

Thank you to Miranda Schuler of Upload Photography for contributing these photos of Souris. Miranda’s comments: Souris didn’t have as much to offer as I was hoping for. I remember as a chld going to the school auction when they closed it down, and there were few people in the town. However, with the increased […]

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Roth, ND

Bottineau County Inhabited as of 6/10 Thank you to Miranda Schuler of Upload Photography for contributing these photos of Roth. Her comments: Here are the first photos I collected of Roth, ND today. I’d like to go back and get a few closer shots of the old pink house, but the ground was too wet […]

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Carbury, ND

Bottineau County Inhabited as of 6/10 Thank you to Miranda Schuler of Upload Photography for contributing these photos of Carbury. Her comments: Carbury is SW of Souris ND and your typical small rail town that has withered away since the rail was pulled up. I would guess there are maybe 5-6 families still living there. […]

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Manitou School

Wylora Christianson submitted the following photo of Manitou School. The town of Manitou was established in 1887 in Mountrail County. It was a small, rural settlement between White Earth and Stanley. Peak population was 43 residents. Today, this school is all that remains, just west of the intersection at 48.332991,-102.634082 CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE Original content […]

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Lunds Valley School

Wylora Christianson submitted the following photo of the Lunds Valley School as it appeared years ago, long before it burned.  To see photos from our visit to Lunds Valley, click here. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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Heaton – Six Years Later

Wells County Inhabited as of 5/10 We returned to Heaton nearly six years after our first trip in 2004. How things have changed. CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE This is an animation showing the former Heaton Bank and the Hawks of Heaton Gift Shop (which we believe may have been the Post Office at one time […]

McGregor, North Dakota

McGregor, ND

The McGregor town site was established in 1910 and assumed the name of a nearby rural post office which had been established five years earlier. We visited McGregor, in Williams County about 45 miles northeast of Williston, in 2010 and we were somewhat surprised by the large number of vacant buildings. Although McGregor does not […]

Larson, North Dakota

Storm Clouds in Larson, North Dakota

Larson is a near-ghost town in Burke County, about 38 miles northwest of Kenmare, or sixty miles northeast of Williston. It was established in 1907 and had a peak population of 114 in 1920. Larson, and the nearby town of Columbus, were named for Columbus Larson, an early postmaster.  There’s a good-sized concentration of residents […]

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Ambrose, ND

Ambrose is just north of Highway 5 in the northwestern corner of the state, just three miles from the US-Canadian border. Ambrose has been on our radar for some time. It is a well-known town in ghost town circles and has been the subject of numerous media reports for a variety of reasons, most notably […]

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Alkabo, ND

Alkabo is undoubtedly one of the most remote towns we have ever visited. Roughly six miles from Montana and eight miles from Canada, it is the most northwestern settlement in North Dakota. We drove north from Grenora to get to Alkabo. This stretch of road is minimally maintained gravel and traffic is very light. Cell […]