• Thelen, North Dakota

    Thelen in Repose

    Thelen is a true ghost town in Golden Valley County, about eight miles south of Beach. We previously posted a gallery of Thelen photos sent in by Dave Thorson, but this was our first time visiting in person. We discovered some of the things Dave photographed are now gone, leaving this complex of buildings near […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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. […]

  • Hesper, North Dakota

    True Ghost Towns: Population Zero

    Defining what exactly constitutes a “ghost town” can sometimes be tricky.  In our ten years of exploring North Dakota’s abandoned places, we’ve often encountered former towns where the town site itself is empty, but there’s a farm about half a mile down the road.  Sometimes a former town like Sims, North Dakota has an active […]

  • Freda, North Dakota

    Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota

    Freda, North Dakota is a true ghost town in Grant County about 35 miles southwest of Bismarck.  Freda started out as a Milwaukee Railroad town, and once had a population  of 50 plus its own bank. Today it is totally abandoned with the remains of its depot crumbling in the elements. There is one other […]

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    The Great Bismarck Fire of 1898

    Like Fargo in 1893 and Chicago in 1871, Bismarck fell victim to a massive wind-whipped fire on August 8th, 1898. Tomorrow is the 116th anniversary of the fire that changed our capital city. As was the case with so many pioneer-era cities around the nation, Bismarck in 1898 was a city constructed largely of wood. […]

  • Abandoned Fort Berthold Farm

    Abandoned Fort Berthold Farm

    We were on our way home from an adventure shooting abandoned places in the Bakken oil patch when we drove right past this place. Like usual, Terry spotted the place first and through the trees we saw three or four buildings, yellow prairie flowers, and a red roof, just off the highway. We made a […]

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Kloten, ND

Nelson County Inhabited as of 8/10 Kloten is situated about forty miles south of Highway 2, about halfway between Devils Lake and Grand Forks. Accurate population figures are difficult to find. Kloten’s population was reported at a suspiciously round number of 150 for many years, however our census records going back as far as 1960 […]

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Werner, ND

Dunn County Habitation Status Unknown Werner is in West Central North Dakota, south of Lake Sakakawea, in a very sparsely populated region of Dunn County. We have seen photos of various remains from the town of Werner in print and elsewhere. We do not know exactly how much is left. According to North Dakota Place […]

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Trotters, ND

Golden Valley County Vacant as of 7/10 In terms of driving distance from any other town in North Dakota, Trotters may be the most remote townsite in the state. It is a true ghost town, with just a church and former gas station remaining.  Monica Hardy made the drive out to the edge of the […]

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Pelto, ND

Nelson County Vacant as of 7/10 Nathan Mastrud contributed these photos of Pelto with the following comments: Pelto is about 42 miles east of Devils lake.  The only thing that really remains of the town is a Pelto tombstone. The fields that surround Pelto are slowing filling with water, abandoned farmsites & pelicans. The information […]

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Ruso, ND

Mclean County Inhabited as of 7/10 Kelsey Rusch contributed these photos of Ruso, ND with the following comments: Right off highway 41, south of Velva, you will find Ruso. Ruso is a town in McLean county, North Dakota. Though it has ten or so abandoned buildings, there appear to be three residences as well, making […]

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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 […]