• Balfour, North Dakota

    Back to Balfour

    By / November 12, 2014 / Balfour, ND

    We visited Balfour in November of 2014, nine years after our first visit, to get some photos of all the things we missed the first time. We actually tried to revisit Balfour in 2012, but a road construction crew had traffic at a complete stop on Highway 52, complicating our travel schedule, and we decided… [read more]

  • Merricourt, North Dakota

    Passing Through Merricourt

    By / October 19, 2014 / Merricourt, ND

    Merricourt is a very remote town in Dickey County with less than a handful of residents — just one family remains in this near-ghost town. We didn’t intend to visit Merricourt when we went on an adventure in October of 2014, but some last minute route changes took us right through town, so we stopped to… [read more]

  • Nome, North Dakota

    Nome, North Dakota

    By / September 10, 2014 / Nome, ND

    This is Nome, North Dakota, in Barnes County, about 20 miles southeast of Valley City.  I was delivering books earlier this week and stopped to shoot Sheldon, North Dakota since I was in the area, and the highway took me right through Nome as I was on the way home, so I pulled-in and grabbed… [read more]

  • Appam

    Oil Boom Reviving Tiny Prairie Towns

    By / June 18, 2014 / Appam, ND

    The AP did a story in April about the oil boom and Ghosts of North Dakota supplied one of the photos of Appam, North Dakota. Watch the video from the AP’s Martha Irvine.

  • Front Street Fargo, 1909

    Fargo’s Front Street, 1909

    By / November 21, 2013 / Points of Interest

    If you’re fascinated by history, you know postcards are really a simple pleasure. You can tease so many stories out of a few fine details when you look close. This intersection in Fargo is significant in the history of our state as the place where Fargo literally rose from the ground after the NP Avenue… [read more]

  • Raleigh, North Dakota

    Raleigh, North Dakota, Population 9

    By / August 8, 2013 / Raleigh, ND

    Raleigh is a secluded little town in Grant County, just a short drive southwest of Mandan. The population is nine, and there are exactly two businesses in operation. The grain elevator does a brisk business, and the local tavern is called The Dogtooth — named after the hills which cut a ragged swath through the… [read more]

  • Antler, North Dakota

    Antler 2013

    By / July 12, 2013 / Antler, ND

    We’ve wanted to visit Antler for several years but it never quite fit into our travel plans until 4th of July weekend, 2013.  Antler is a very small town in Bottineau County, just two miles from the Canadian border.  The 2010 Census pinpoints Antler’s population at 27, although local residents claim a population of 35…. [read more]

  • Nome School postcard 1919

    Vintage Nome Postcards

    By / January 13, 2013 / Nome, ND

    We found a couple of vintage Nome postcards at an antique store not too long ago, including a postcard of the now-abandoned Nome School in Barnes County which we snapped on a whim while passing through Nome in 2005. We had to make some guesses on this card due to the handwriting — This postcard… [read more]

  • The former Kongsberg State Bank

    Kongsberg, ND

    By / December 27, 2012 / Kongsberg, ND

    Kongsberg, North Dakota is a tiny near-ghost town in McHenry County, just a few miles east of another near-ghost town, Ruso.  Originally dubbed Olivia, the name changed to Kongsberg in 1916.  The population of Kongsberg never exceeded 50.  Kongsberg’s church celebrated their 100th anniversary on July 1st, 2012. This was actually the second town in… [read more]

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    Another Look at Hanks

    By / October 7, 2012 / Hanks, ND

    Clif Nelson contributed these photos of Hanks, North Dakota, a near-ghost town in Williams County — population one. Clif’s comments: “It was never much of a town, but they had coal mines north of town and grain elevatorsin the early 1900’s.  My Grandfather Anton Nelson who farmed about 7 miles northwest of Hanks would haul a load… [read more]

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