• Old Marmarth Road

    The Badlands of Old Marmarth Road

    In July of 2015, we visited Marmarth, North Dakota and had plans to proceed from there to Ollie, Montana to photograph the former school (it was no longer standing) on the way to the prairie ghost town of Carlyle, Montana. Our route of choice was Old Highway 16, also referred to as Old Marmarth Road. […]

  • Marmarth, North Dakota

    Return to Marmarth

    Marmarth is in the far southwest corner of North Dakota, in the Badlands of Slope County, about seventy miles as the crow flies southwest of Dickinson. It’s a town we fell in love with the first time we visited in 2007, because, although there are still over 100 residents there (136 in the 2010 census), […]

  • Wolf Butte Lutheran Church and Cemetery

    Lonely and Abandoned Wolf Butte Church

    The Wolf Butte Lutheran Church is in a remote part of Adams County, North Dakota, about 45 miles south of Dickinson. It was once part of a Lutheran Parish that also included another abandoned church we’ve photographed, the North Grand Lutheran Church, south of Bucyrus. Regular services ended at the Wolf Butte location in 1988. […]

  • Heil, North Dakota

    Dodging Thunderstorms in Heil

    Our journey to Heil, North Dakota, in Grant County, about fifty miles southwest of Mandan, took place on an evening when the forecast said there was a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the area. We got more than we bargained for and ended up driving through a pounding thunderstorm with rain coming down in torrents. […]

  • North Grand Church and Cemetery

    The Majestic and Abandoned North Grand Church

    The majestic and abandoned North Grand Church is in Adams County, ten miles southwest of Hettinger and just a mile north of the South Dakota border. It served this barely-populated part of the county for sixty years, from 1909 to 1969. I would describe this church as brick, although I’m not sure that’s the correct […]

  • Leith, North Dakota

    Leith, North Dakota After the Turmoil

    We first visited Leith, North Dakota, in Grant County, about fifty miles southwest of Mandan, in May of 2007. We had heard that it was a shrinking rural community with a few abandoned places to photograph, and we found that to be true, but we could not have known that Leith would become a place […]

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    Ghosts of North Dakota is Vanishing

    If you’re one of the 109-thousand people who follow Ghosts of North Dakota on Facebook, you may have noticed that you’re not seeing us in your news feed much any more. There’s a reason for that, and it is prompting changes we’d like you to know about. Over the last two years, Facebook has implemented […]

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    Order Churches of the High Plains

    Churches of the High Plains is a 120 page, hardcover, coffee table book featuring photos of churches, both active and abandoned, across the High Plains of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Churches of the High Plains is part travelogue, part photo essay, and all history appreciation, and includes comments from the photographers, historical tidbits, […]

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    Abandoned Fort Buford

    Fort Buford dates back to the days of the Dakota Territory, decades before the map was crisscrossed by a spiderweb of railroad lines. Founded in 1866, Fort Buford was a strategically chosen point near the best highways of the day — the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. The original fort was reportedly constructed using some recycled […]

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    The Ruins of Munster Country School

    This is the second time we’ve visited the Munster country school, in Eddy County, a short drive northwest of New Rockford. We originally set out to photograph this place in October of 2012 under the assumption it was still intact, but 2012 was one of the driest summers on record, and when we arrived, we […]

  • Trotters, ND

    Grasslands Ghost Town: Trotters, North Dakota

    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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Venturia, ND

Venturia is located in a very sparsely populated region of the state, near the South Dakota border and just east of the Missouri river, near Ashley. When we arrived in Venturia, we were excited by the photo opportunities but we needed a break from the rain.  It took us a few minutes of sitting in […]

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Roadtrip Report: Memorial Weekend 2011

We returned from our first full-fledged trip of the summer yesterday.  It’s been tough waiting for some dry weather in what has turned out to be an extremely wet spring, but we chose to take a trip — weather be damned.  And we dealt with rain for the whole day. From Fargo, we traveled to […]

Eastedge, North Dakota

Eastedge: Six Years Later

On our way home from the south-central part of North Dakota, we stopped in Eastedge for a visit — six years to the month after our first trip there. Eastedge was almost gone when we visited in 2005, and it’s one step closer today. The white house seems frozen in the middle of a slow […]

Fredonia, ND

Fredonia, ND

Fredonia is a small town in Logan county, about 80 miles southeast of Bismarck.  We had not intended to stop in Fredonia, but we saw a few buildings we wanted to photograph, so we made a quick stop. Occasionally, residents (or former-residents) of some of the towns featured on this site to take offense when we […]

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A Quick Stop in Marion

We stopped in Marion on a whim as we returned home from Venturia, and got a couple of shots.  Marion is a pretty well inhabited town, but there were a few things to photograph.  A woman in a white SUV with a cell phone to her ear followed us around town while we took pictures […]

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Argusville High School

Argusville is located right off I29 about fifteen minutes north of Fargo. It was founded in 1880 and dwindled to around 100 residents by the 1980’s, but just experienced a population boom in the last decade. Argusville now has a population of 475. So this abandoned high school is a rare spot in an otherwise […]

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Hensel, ND

We made a quick stop in Hensel during our visit to Pembina County in 2006.  Due to time constraints we were unable to explore Hensel as thoroughly as we would have liked, but we did capture these photos.   It’s always a little frustrating when you want to photograph a cool old church but you […]

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Eastedge Extras

Eastedge, ND is in south-central North Dakota, between I94 and the South Dakota border. It is totally abandoned — a true ghost town. These photos are extras from our archive, taken during a snowstorm on May 1st, 2005.  See the main gallery here. Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media

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More Photos of Merricourt

We visited Merricourt in May of 2005.  At the time the population was one or two residents.  These are additional photos from our archive, taken during that visit. To see our main Merricourt gallery, click here. This brick elevator is the only one we’ve encountered in the entire state.  It leans a little bit, but […]

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More Views of Haley

Haley, ND is in Bowman County, southwest of Bismarck, right on the border with South Dakota. As of our visit, Haley had a population of two. These are additional photos from the archive. Click Here to see our main Haley gallery. The view from the rear of the Post Office. Photos by Troy Larson and Terry […]