• Merricourt, North Dakota

    Passing Through Merricourt

    Merricourt is a very remote town in Dickey County with less than a handful of residents — just one family remains in this near-ghost town. We didn’t intend to visit Merricourt when we went on an adventure in October of 2014, but some last minute route changes took us right through town, so we stopped […]

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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 […]

  • Grand Rapids, North Dakota

    Grand Rapids School

    Grand Rapids, North Dakota is a town in Lamoure County that owes its existence to a lie. Captain Homer T. Elliot built the first homestead between Jamestown and Huron, Dakota Territory here in 1879. Not wanting to travel many miles to get his mail every day, Elliot reported to the government that a town called […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cayuga, North Dakota

    Another Visit to Cayuga

    In summer of 2014, I stopped in Cayuga on my way back from South Dakota and was shocked at the number of great photo opportunities. I was at the end of a long day and just snapped a few shots, making a mental note to come back. We were thrilled to discover it’s just as […]

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    Albion Township Country School

    This is an abandoned country school in Albion Township, Dickey County, about eight miles northwest of Ellendale. This school isn’t far from several other places we’ve photographed, like Merricourt, Venturia, Monango, and Forbes. By modern standards, the facilities were less than ideal in this small school. By prairie school standards, these would have been luxury […]

  • Trotters, North Dakota

    In the Grasslands: Trotters, ND

    You’ll find Trotters nearly thirty miles north of Beach, North Dakota in Golden Valley County, just outside the official boundary of the Little Missouri National Grasslands — a boundary visible only on maps. On the ground it’s clear, this part of the prairie is nearly pristine. Trees are nearly as scarce as people, and prairie […]

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    Abandoned Karnak Farm

    We spotted this farm on the way to Sheyenne River Bridge and made a point to circle back when we were done there.  This farm is very austere and quiet, and largely un-vandalized, too.  It is at coordinates 47.269772,-98.038936, just east of the near-ghost town of Karnak, North Dakota. Sometimes, when you’re in a place […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sanctuary Guest House & Tea Room

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 […]

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San Haven Sanatorium

Rolette County Abandoned in 1987 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 […]

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San Haven Sanatorium in the 1930′s

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 , […]

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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 […]

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Postcards from the Edge of North Dakota

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 […]

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Omemee: Now and Then

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]