Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

By / July 30, 2014 / Points of Interest

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… [read more]

Freda, North Dakota

Abandoned: Freda, North Dakota

By / August 6, 2013 / Freda, ND

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… [read more]

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San Haven Sanatorium

By / October 3, 2012 / San Haven, ND

San Haven Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains, a few minutes north of Dunseith. Thousands of TB patients received treatment here between 1909 and the end of the TB endemic in the 1940’s. Prior to the advent of antibiotics which brought tuberculosis under control, roughly 50 percent of… [read more]

Stanley Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Nekoma Safeguard Complex

Cavalier County The Nekoma Safeguard Complex is a unique place in the history of the US military’s anti-ballistic missile effort.  A portion of the Wikipedia entry for this place: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex in Nekoma, North Dakota, with the separate long-range detection radar located further north near the town of Cavalier, North Dakota,… [read more]

  • Dakota Territory

    Silent Film Offers View of Hazen, 1916

    By / February 10, 2014 / Special Features

    We don’t know much about this video, but it is a fascinating look at Hazen, North Dakota in 1916. It’s a silent film circa 1916 called “The Land of Corn and Alfalfa.”

  • Steele Store & Post Office, Lostwood, North Dakota

    Letters to Lostwood

    By / February 3, 2014 / Lostwood, ND

    We visited Lostwood, North Dakota in 2010 and found, in addition to a few farms in the neighborhood, only a well-cared for church and a boarded up school as the only real remains of Lostwood. However, Tim Steele recently sent us some photos with the following comments: I have two photos of the Steele Store and Post… [read more]

  • Hamberg, North Dakota

    More Abandoned Hamberg

    By / February 2, 2014 / Hamberg, ND

    Hamberg lost their school to a grassfire on April Fool’s Day, 2012.  In its absence, we took a new look at our archive of photos from 2008 and found these previously unseen things.  Enjoy. To see the collection of school photos, see the main Hamberg photo gallery from 2008. This old bus next to the… [read more]

  • Verendrye, North Dakota

    Watch Verendrye Age Forty Years

    By / January 28, 2014 / Verendrye, ND

    Yesterday, Steve Lee sent us some photos of flooding in Verendrye, North Dakota. They were taken by his father during the Mouse (Souris) River floods “sometime in the mid to late forties.” My father, Howard Lee, took these photos.  He grew up on his grandfather’s (Herbrand Lee) farm, 2 or 3 miles northeast of Verendrye. Herbrand… [read more]

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    Flooding in Verendrye

    By / January 27, 2014 / Verendrye, ND

    Steven Lee sent in these photos of Verendrye, North Dakota with the following comments: My father, Howard Lee, took these photos. They were taken during the flooding of the Mouse River sometime in the mid to late forties. He grew up on his grandfather’s (Herbrand Lee) farm, 2 or 3 miles northeast of Verendrye. Herbrand… [read more]

  • Devils Lake, North Dakota

    Understanding the Rise of Devils Lake

    By / January 25, 2014 / Special Features

    The rise of Devils Lake has been a strong contributing factor to the abandonment happening in towns like Church’s Ferry and Minnewaukan, but also on hundreds of individual farms and properties all around the lake. We’ve shown you some views of the inundation in the past, including the Harmon home and a satellite view of… [read more]

  • San Haven, ND

    Inside San Haven Sanatorium, part two

    By / January 24, 2014 / San Haven, ND, Special Features

    In part one, Mary, a former patient at San Haven Sanatorium, detailed her arrival at San Haven and the circumstances that led to her spending five months in the facility in 1963. Eventually this ten-year-old from Carrington settled into her time at this massive hospital and learned how to keep herself safe. We never wandered the halls… [read more]

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    Inside San Haven Sanatorium

    By / January 23, 2014 / San Haven, ND, Special Features

    This website is a constant reminder of how things change over time, those reminders frequently coming in the form of a photograph that shows a crumbling structure, a little less stout than when we last photographed it. Sometimes though, the reminders come in the form of a story, an email from a visitor.  In this… [read more]

  • Devils Lake, North Dakota

    The Rise of Devils Lake

    There is a concentration of vanishing places in the lands surrounding Devils Lake — places like Hamar, Grand Harbor, and the remains of a ski jump.  In the last few decades, Devils Lake has risen steadily and has driven even more people from their homes and farms, and inundated numerous roads and highways. We’ve visited the topic… [read more]

  • Omemee, ND Birdseye view

    Omemee and the Batie Family

    By / January 16, 2014 / Omemee, ND

    These photos were sent in by Cathy Zabel, a collection of things on Omemee, North Dakota, a true ghost town in Bottineau county.  Cathy’s comments are included below. The A. R Batie Residence was purchased by Adam R. Batie when he married Miss Jessie M Paff, June 27, 1907. A.R. Batie Residence Adam Batie was ‘Head… [read more]

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