Lost Bridge on the Little MIssouri River

Lost Bridge on the Little Missouri River

By / May 28, 2015 / Points of Interest

This is Lost Bridge on the Little Missouri River, about 23 miles north of Killdeer in Dunn County. The name “Lost Bridge” holds a coincidental double meaning in this case, since the bridge no longer exists. These photos were taken by the Historic American Engineering Record, and the notes from the file tell an interesting story:… [read more]

Trotters, ND

Grasslands Ghost Town: Trotters, North Dakota

By / July 28, 2014 / 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… [read more]


Nanson: A North Dakota Ghost Town

By / May 18, 2012 / Nanson, ND

As we set out to photograph ghost towns in early May of 2012, we had Nanson in mind as our ultimate destination.  We’ve known about Nanson for quite some time but somehow we just never managed to make it there — it was time. After driving all day through an array of locations, we reached… [read more]

  • Shepard View, 1905

    Shepard View, 1905

    By / May 4, 2014 / Points of Interest

    As we drove north along County Road 19 about four miles south of Cooperstown, I was blabbing on about something when Terry suddenly pointed. “What’s that?” We had just passed the junction of 19 and 22, and atop a small hill on the east side of the road, a large brick structure was barely visible… [read more]

  • Abandoned Barnes County School

    Abandoned Barnes County School

    By / May 3, 2014 / Points of Interest

    This abandoned school was not a planned stop, but we happened to drive right by it and decided we should stop to shoot it. This abandoned country school is in northern Barnes County, about five miles southwest of Sibley, North Dakota. If anyone knows the official name of this school, please leave a comment below…. [read more]

  • Watrous, North Dakota

    A Stop on the Milwaukee Road

    By / April 22, 2014 / Points of Interest

    Nate Reynolds posted these photos to our Facebook page with the comments: Watrous, between Bentley and Mott, this is all that’s left. Watrous was a stop along the Milwaukee Road railroad line about 75 miles southwest of Bismarck, and had a population of 15 in 1920. Photos by Nate Reynolds Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

  • Buford, North Dakota

    Buford, North Dakota

    By / April 21, 2014 / Buford, ND

    Kyle Stubbs sent in the following photos and comments on Buford, North Dakota. Thought I’d pass along for Ghosts of North Dakota a few photos I took in May of 2011 of what remains of Buford, North Dakota, on the western edge of the state in Williams County. Also included is what I believe is… [read more]

  • DeSart, North Dakota

    The Last of DeSart, North Dakota

    By / April 21, 2014 / DeSart, ND

    In 2004, a visitor to our website suggested a list of places we should investigate in the southwest corner of the state, a list I recall mostly from memory — DeSart, Pierce, Shollsmade, Hume, Ranger, Mound, Bessie. Back then, we had very little luck finding much on many of these places. Most of them were… [read more]

  • Thelen, North Dakota

    Abandoned: Thelen, North Dakota

    By / April 19, 2014 / Thelen, ND

    Thelen, North Dakota, sometimes spelled Thelan, is a blip on the historical record of our state. It was established in 1916 and had a post office for just a year, from 1920 to 1921, with Troy E. Beach as the postmaster. Thelen’s peak population of 20 dropped to 4 by the 1930s. North Dakota Place… [read more]

  • Bluegrass, North Dakota

    True Ghost Towns: Population Zero

    By / April 8, 2014 / Special Features

    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… [read more]

  • North Dakota Cyclone, 1895

    North Dakota Cyclone, 1895

    By / March 25, 2014 / Points of Interest

    I ran across this photo while I was perusing the photos at the Library of Congress and I was totally blown away.  Clinton Johnson took this photo, captioned “North Dakota Cyclone,” in an unknown North Dakota town in 1895, just six years after North Dakota statehood.  It appears to depict a menacing tornado bearing down… [read more]

  • Grasshopper Plague

    The Grasshopper Plague

    By / March 16, 2014 / Special Features

    The 1930s could be described as a perfect storm of hardship in America. The Great Depression devastated the national economy and job market, and a persistent drought compounded matters in the Midwest, contributing to the Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl era. The skies from Texas to the Canadian plains were sometimes so dark, cities… [read more]

  • Grassy Butte, North Dakota, 1936

    Dust Bowl Grassy Butte

    By / March 15, 2014 / Grassy Butte, ND

    Grassy Butte, North Dakota is a very remote Badlands settlement in McKenzie County near the Montana border, an unincorporated community with a population in the dozens. In the 1930s, Grassy Butte was one of a multitude of places where the locals who’d arrived in search of the American dream faced sad realities and hard choices…. [read more]

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