• Highland Township School

    Highland Township Country School

    We just happened across this old country school in Highland Township, Hettinger County. It’s just west of the Neuberg Congregational Church, about thirty miles southeast of Dickinson. It’s not scientific, but we’ve found the general rule is: the more remote the place, the less vandalism we see. Terry and I both thought this school had […]

  • Bluegrass, ND

    Ghost Town: Bluegrass, North Dakota

    This is Bluegrass, North Dakota, a true ghost town, population zero, in Morton County, about thirty-five miles northwest of Mandan. Bluegrass is a former rural community that had a population of 20 in the 1920 Census, a relatively small peak population, but not surprising considering the railroad never came to Bluegrass. In his book North […]

  • Wabek, North Dakota

    Wabek, North Dakota

    This is Wabek, North Dakota, in Mountrail County, about 35 miles southwest of Minot. Wabek was founded in 1914 and actually had a Post Office for almost fifty years, from 1917 to 1966. According to North Dakota Place Names by Doug Wick, Wabek even had a radio station once, broadcasting with the call letters WABK. […]

  • Judson, North Dakota

    Judson, North Dakota

    This is Judson, North Dakota, a small town in Morton County, southwest of Mandan. I discovered this church one day while I was messing around with Google Street View, so we made plans to stop for a visit. Judson was the first stop on a trip in which we had planned to go all the […]

  • Elbowoods Memorial Congregational Church

    Elbowoods Memorial Congregational Church

    Officially, this church is now known as Susan Webb Hall Memorial Congregational Church. It once served Elbowoods, North Dakota, a town now-submerged under Lake Sakakawea, as part of the Fort Berthold Indian Mission which dates back to the 1870s. The church was organized in 1899 and this building built in 1926.  It was relocated in […]

  • Neuberg Church

    Neuberg Congregational Church

    This is Neuberg Congregational Church, in Hettinger County, rural Mott.  The church, which is quite remote, nearly 25 miles from the nearest town, was built in 1925 and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. We visited Neuberg Congregational Church in July of 2014.  The sky was thick with haze […]

  • Underwater Ghost Towns

    Underwater Ghost Towns of the North Dakota Missouri River

    The construction of Garrison Dam flooded the Missouri River Valley and created Lake Sakakawea, something we’ve covered before in posts about Sanish and Four Bears Bridge. Here’s a graphic, based on a Google Earth satellite shot, showing the Missouri River Valley pre and post Garrison Dam, and the former towns which had to be evacuated. […]

  • Ft Abercrombie

    PHOTOS ADDED: Fort Abercrombie

    The original Fort Abercrombie was constructed in 1858, and it was the first military settlement in what would become North Dakota.  The fort was besieged by the Sioux for more than six weeks in 1862, an event that came to be known as the Dakota War of 1862.  Four soldiers were killed and two wounded. […]

  • Cayuga, North Dakota

    Cayuga, North Dakota

    This is Cayuga, North Dakota, in Sargent County near the South Dakota border. It was founded in 1887 in the Dakota Territory, two years before statehood. I had been in South Dakota photographing some places, like White Rock and Brown Earth Church and I made a quick stop in Cayuga on the way home to […]

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Niobe, ND

Ward County Inhabited as of 6/10 Tom Pence sends in another town in northwestern North Dakota, Niobe. It was founded in 1907, and the Post Office was built in 1908. Reported population was an all time high in 1920: 250. Tom’s comments on Niobe: Really, only one good “ghost” of a building in Niobe. The […]

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Gardena, ND

Bottineau County Inhabited as of 6/10 Thank you to James Johnson for contributing these photos of Gardena. James’ comments: Founded in 1905, Gardena is 10 miles south of Bottineau, and the population was 38 at the 2000 census including 13 households and 7 families. It was once big enough to contest Bottineau for the county […]

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Hanks, ND

Williams County Inhabited as of 7/10 Thank you to John Piepkorn for contributing these photos of Hanks. John’s comments: I stopped in Hanks, North Dakota and took some pictures of the remaining structures. I also talked to the one remaining resident for about 15 minutes, she said she had heard of Ghosts of North Dakota, […]

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Kincaid Power Plant

Burke County Abandoned in 1966 The 1971 Burke County and White Earth Valley Historical Society book describes this plant as follows. The Kincaid Power Plant had it’s beginning in 1925 when the small d.c. plant at Kenmare and the a.c. plant at Crosby, together with an isolated plant at Noonan were consolidated at Kincaid as […]

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Kerr Family Homestead

As I was going through my email account and flagging all of the photo submissions we’ve received, I came across this photo which had somehow been overlooked. The original was wrinkled and severely faded, and had a child’s scribble marks on it. You can still see some hints of that, but I spent several hours […]

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Karnak, ND

Griggs County Inhabited as of 6/10 Thank you to Dustin Person for contributing these photos of Karnak. Dustin’s comments: Karnak is in southern Griggs County, south of Cooperstown. It had only one house/farm, so population less than 5. The elevator is still being used. There is a school house, and a couple of abandoned buildings […]

High Cliff School

High Cliff School

Williams County Abandoned Don Collings sent us these photos of High Cliff School with the following comments: These are views of High Cliff School in Cow Creek Township, about 20 miles northwest of Williston. I attended this school with my brothers and sister (the Collings’ kids, along with the Haven’s, Barkie’s, Benth, Kjos and Brothers […]

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Coteau, ND

Burke County Inhabited as of 6/10 Coteau, ND was founded in 1906 in Burke County, northwest of Minot, just over a dozen miles from the Canadian border. Like many, many other towns on this website, Coteau peaked around 1920, with a population of 150. Coteau was actually on our list of towns to visit in […]

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Sutton, ND

Griggs County Inhabited as of 6/10 Sutton, ND was founded in 1910 and was named for a local farmer, John Sutton. It is no longer listed in the US Census. Dustin Person contributed these photos of Sutton with the following comments: Sutton is located west of Cooperstown in Griggs County. Population around 20-25. There were […]

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Bordulac, ND

Foster County Inhabited as of 6/10 Thank you to Dustin Person and Durton Koble for contributing these photos of Bordulac. Dustin’s comments: I was really surprised by this town as well, the population is around 15-20, and the elevator and bar & grill are the only businesses in town. The white building was the Bordulac […]