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    This Weekend Only: Free Shipping on Everything!

    Now through 11:59pm CDT, Sunday, November 23rd, free shipping on everything (US Orders only) in the Ghosts of North Dakota online store! Books, gift sets, coffee, calendars, even fine art. New titles and items in the store now. This free shipping offer won’t happen again before Christmas! Take advantage now! Visit the Ghosts of North Dakota […]

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    Back to Balfour

    We visited Balfour in November of 2014, nine years after our first visit, to get some photos of all the things we missed the first time. We actually tried to revisit Balfour in 2012, but a road construction crew had traffic at a complete stop on Highway 52, complicating our travel schedule, and we decided […]

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    Two Minutes Until Winter

    It was November 7th, 2014 and it was two minutes until winter in Josephine, North Dakota when we briefly braved forty mile per hour winds to get the photos you see here. I consulted Douglas Wick’s North Dakota Place Names book, which says Josephine, North Dakota was founded in 1901 on the site of an […]

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    Immanuel Lutheran Church

    As we ventured toward Minot for a book signing event, we decided we would try to sneak in some shooting time at a few different locations along the drive, but this was not a place we knew about beforehand — we just happened to drive right by it, on highway 30 in Albert Township, just […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]