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  • 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]

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    Pre-Order Churches of the High Plains

    By / May 27, 2015 / Shopping

    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,… [read more]

  • Oberon, North Dakota

    Second Chances in Oberon

    By / May 20, 2015 / Oberon, ND

    Oberon, North Dakota is in Benson County, about ten miles southwest of Fort Totten. Two places we had been to previously, Josephine and Flora, North Dakota, are a short drive west. We happened to drive through Oberon when we were on our way to Minot in 2014 and we were surprised to see there were… [read more]

  • Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church

    Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church

    By / May 16, 2015 / Points of Interest

    Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church is in Eddy County, about seven and a half miles southwest of Sheyenne, North Dakota. Two other places we’ve photographed — Bremen and Hamberg — are just a short drive away. An obituary for Astrid Nelson Salmonson published in the Fargo Forum in 2002 reveals interesting details about Mrs. Salmonson’s young… [read more]

  • Brantford, North Dakota

    The Last Days of Brantford

    By / May 14, 2015 / Brantford, ND

    We first became aware of Brantford some years ago when our friend Mark Johnson sent photos of Brantford in winter. In the summer of 2013, we visited Brantford for ourselves and found a very quiet, near-ghost town with an impressive but crumbling public school, among other things.  These photos were taken in 2015 after we… [read more]

  • Brinsmade, North Dakota

    Solitude in Brinsmade, North Dakota

    By / May 12, 2015 / Brinsmade, ND

    Brinsmade, North Dakota was platted on October 7th, 1889 as the Northern Pacific Railway expanded progessively west, carrying settlers and their families to their eventual homes on the plains. It officially became a city in 1904. According to the 2010 Census, Brinsmade is now home to 35 residents in 13 households. Brinsmade’s most prominent features… [read more]

  • Munster Country School

    The Ruins of Munster Country School

    By / May 11, 2015 / Points of Interest

    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… [read more]

  • Graham's Island, Devils Lake, ND

    The Flooding of Grahams Island

    By / May 10, 2015 / Points of Interest

    Captain Duncan Graham was a Scotsman who came to North Dakota after getting started as a fur trader for Hudson’s Bay Company. Graham believed there was profit to be made in the trading business, and he founded a trading post on the island that now bears his name. Though the date is in dispute, Graham… [read more]

  • Pembina, North Dakota

    History Appreciation in Pembina

    By / April 15, 2015 / Pembina, ND

    In Pembina, North Dakota, there are a couple of historic and significant places I particularly wanted to photograph — primarily, this beautiful Icelandic and Ukrainian Orthodox church. This church was the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1885 to 1937, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. John from 1937 to 1987. This church is now… [read more]

  • Lake Williams, ND

    Abandoned Lumberyard in Lake Williams, North Dakota

    By / March 16, 2015 / Lake Williams, ND

    Lake Williams, North Dakota is a small town, an unincorporated community, in Kidder County, about 30 miles southwest of Carrington. Lake Williams had a population of over 80 residents in 1930, but the town shrank slowly over several decades and the post office closed in 1971. We visited Lake Williams primarily to photograph this old… [read more]

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