• Cartwright Tunnel, North Dakota

    Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

    This is a small sampling of photos from our visit to Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel in July of 2014. If you’re interested in the history of this lift bridge, which was only raised once, you can check out our previous gallery featuring photos and captions from our friend R. David Adams, or you […]

  • 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 […]

  • Antelope Country School

    Antelope Country School

    This is Antelope Country School, in Stark County, about twenty-five minutes east of Dickinson. This school is right off Interstate 94, and we stopped to shoot it when we realized it was on the way to our next destination, Neuberg Congregational Church. When we visit schoolhouses like this, we frequently reflect on the winters our […]

  • Sentinel Butte, ND

    Sentinel Butte, North Dakota

    We set out from Fargo to photograph some abandoned places shortly after six in the morning on this day, so it was early afternoon by the time we found ourselves all the way out in Sentinel Butte. We were getting hungry and we decided to shoot a few quick things before heading back to Beach, […]

  • 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 […]

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Overly, ND

Bottineau County Inhabited as of 6/10 According to the 2000 Census, Overly is home to 19 residents. James Johnson contributed these photos with the following comments: I came to Overly with a goal of finding whatever remains of the old roundhouse. A satellite photograph of the town showed shapes in consistent with roundhouse layout just […]

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Charbonneau, ND

McKenzie County Vacant as of 6/10 Charbonneau, ND is in a very sparsely populated area of western North Dakota. As far back as 1960, Charbonneau had already been de-listed from the Census. According to North Dakota Place Names by Douglas A. Wick, Charbonneau was founded in 1913 and a peak population of 125 was reported […]

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Grassy Butte, ND

McKenzie County Inhabited as of 6/10 Grassy Butte, ND is in a very sparsely populated area of western North Dakota. It does not appear in any of the census records back as far as 1960, but it reportedly harbored 100 citizens at one time. Monica Hardy contributed these fantastic photos with the following comments: The […]

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Sydney, ND

Stutsman County Inhabited as of 6/10 Sydney is famous for appearing on the Today Show, May 1st, 1998, in a piece that compared Sydney to Sydney, Australia. Last reported population was 2. Dustin Person sends in these photos with the following comments: Sydney is about 10 miles south of Jamestown on highway 281, then 3 […]

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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 […]