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 a few shots.
According to the 2010 Census, there are 62 residents of Nome, North Dakota.
In 2005, Terry and I stopped in Nome to photograph the old school as we were passing through on our way to somewhere else. The photo above is how it appeared in 2005.
Today, you can see the trees have grown quite a bit, and the full summer foliage nearly hides the school from view entirely. This “Then and Now” animation shows the difference between a photo postcard view from 1919 and the shot we got in 2005.
I was hoping to get inside and take some photos, so I drove around the back, thinking the property owner might be there and I could ask permission to go in, but I just ran into a dead end, so I snapped this shot and left, not wanting to upset anybody.
There’s still plenty of life in Nome, but some cool abandoned structures to shoot too.
I looked around to see if the Nome Bank building in this postcard was still standing, but I didn’t see it anywhere. The bank shown below does not appear to be the same building.
This farmhouse was just off the side of the highway about three miles south of town.
A peek at the top floor. I didn’t dare go all the way up due to the condition of the floors and the roof. Below, what remains of the kitchen.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC