• North Dakota Spring 2015

    An Early Spring

    It is looking like an early spring this year, and you need no more evidence than these photos, taken on March 15th, 2015, in south central North Dakota. March 15th is the earliest in the season Terry and I have ever gone out on an official shoot.  Previously, the third week of April was the […]

  • Jud, North Dakota

    Spring in Jud, North Dakota

    This is Jud, North Dakota, in Lamoure County, about 14 miles northwest of Edgeley. Jud is far from a ghost town — there were 72 residents according to the 2010 census, but we found out about Jud after someone suggested there was a school that might be a good photo opportunity, and upon further investigation, […]

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    Message from Above in Guelph

    Guelph, North Dakota is in Dickey County, not far from Ellendale. In 1930, the census said Guelph had 158 residents and that’s as many as ever called Guelph home. The old Guelph public school is now an antique and vintage-type business. Terry was photographing this school when he noticed a message from above. This church […]

  • Cogswell, North Dakota

    Three Cogswell Churches

    We stopped in Cogswell specifically to photograph the beautiful United Methodist Church, and to see if a church shown on our postcard from 1918 was still standing. In the process, we ran across another boarded-up church we didn’t know was there. Cogswell is in Sargent County, about 60 miles west of Wahpeton. According to the […]

  • Deisem, North Dakota

    Return to Deisem

    When we planned our trip in early October of 2014, we realized we would be in the area of Deisem and made plans for a return visit. Deisem’s former church, the lone remaining structure, was in such terrible shape last time we were there, we didn’t know whether it would even be standing when we […]

  • Thelen, North Dakota

    Thelen in Repose

    Thelen is a true ghost town in Golden Valley County, about eight miles south of Beach. We previously posted a gallery of Thelen photos sent in by Dave Thorson, but this was our first time visiting in person. We discovered some of the things Dave photographed are now gone, leaving this complex of buildings near […]

  • Hesper, North Dakota

    True Ghost Towns: Population Zero

    Defining what exactly constitutes a “ghost town” can sometimes be tricky.  In our ten years of exploring North Dakota’s abandoned places, we’ve often encountered former towns where the town site itself is empty, but there’s a farm about half a mile down the road.  Sometimes a former town like Sims, North Dakota has an active […]

  • Lake Williams, ND

    Abandoned Lumberyard in Lake Williams, North Dakota

    Lake Williams, North Dakota is a small town, an unincorporated community, in Kidder County, about 30 miles southwest of Carrington. Lake Williams had a population of over 80 residents in 1930, but the town shrank slowly over several decades and the post office closed in 1971. We visited Lake Williams primarily to photograph this old […]

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St. Anthony School

We stopped in St. Anthony on our way back from our trip to the southwestern corner of North Dakota in the summer of 2007 — just to take a couple shots of this school. St. Anthony is in a sparsely populated part of Morton county, a short drive southwest of Bismarck. Photos by Rat, copyright […]


The Decline of Small Town North Dakota

We started this website with a simple assumption — North Dakota’s small towns are disappearing.  And we wanted to photograph them before there was nothing left to photograph.  The things we’ve seen have supported our initial assumption, and census data confirms the findings.  North Dakota’s established cities continue to grow, while the small, remote places in peaceful […]


Balfour in Winter

McHenry County Inhabited as of 3/11 Ria Cabral sent a few winter shots of Balfour. See more of her work at http://riacabralphotography.blogspot.com To see photos from our trip to Balfour, click here. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE Copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Stady, North Dakota, 1915

Stady in 1915

Divide County Abandoned as of 5/06 Steve Ray contributed the following postcard of Stady. Steve writes: It was mailed in June 1915 from Clara Leraas, who lived with her family a couple miles east of Stady, to her mother-in-law, Martha Leraas of Barrett, MN. CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE To see our main Stady Gallery with […]

Stady, North Dakota

Stady, ND

Divide County Abandoned as of 5/06 Stady was founded in 1907 and was a stopping point on old highway 85. The peak population of 60 had dropped to 11 by 1940, after the highway moved. Stady is now a true ghost town — totally abandoned. Mariah Masilko contributed these photos with the following comments: I’m […]


Edmunds, ND

Stutsman County Inhabited as of 2010 If you’ve ever driven the stretch between Jamestown and Carrington on Highway 52/281, you’ve probably noticed this building right next to the highway. Dustin Person contributed these photos of Edmunds. His comments: Edmunds is located about 25 miles north of Jamestown along highway 281, population is around 5 or […]


More Photos of Ambrose

Divide County Inhabited as of 8/10 Laura Enerson Castro contributed these photos of Ambrose.  A few of her comments are listed as captions. To see photos from our trip to Ambrose, click here. CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC


Berlin 2011

LaMoure County Inhabited as of 3/11 Berlin is located in a sparsely populated region of south-central North Dakota, about 50 miles south southeast of Jamestown. Sabrina Hornung contributed these photos of Berlin with the following comments: “I have included photos from Berlin ND. According to Wikipedia there were 35 people living in Berlin according to […]


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 […]


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 […]