The 10 Most Intriguing Abandoned North Dakota Places

Marmarth, North Dakota

North Dakota has hundreds of beautiful and captivating abandoned places of all kinds. Churches, schools, military installations and more. We recently went through the stats from and compiled this list of North Dakota’s ten most intriguing abandoned places based on website visits. In some cases, the results were obvious, but in others, even we […]

Building Four Bears Bridge

Building Four Bears Bridge

Mighty rivers require mighty bridges and several impressive examples have spanned the North Dakota stretch of the Missouri River.  The river valley near the former town of Sanish has been home to several.  First, the Verendrye Bridge, a steel truss bridge completed in 1927, crossed the Missouri at Sanish.  In 1934, the first bridge to […]

Lost Beneath the Lake: Sanish, North Dakota

Sanish, North Dakota, 1926

Old Sanish, North Dakota came to an end in 1953, when the river valley it occupied for over half a century became the bottom of North Dakota’s newest reservoir, Lake Sakakawea. Sanish’s residents left for higher ground, as did the residents of other low-lying towns like Van Hook and Elbowoods.  Buildings were demolished and the […]

Crossing Caledonia Bridge


We first visited the Caledonia Bridge in 2006 and found it closed to all but foot traffic. We think it’s the second oldest still-standing bridge in North Dakota, having been built in 1895, and second only to the Viking Bridge near Portland. The Viking Bridge was built in 1885 and was restored in 2006, and […]

Highline Bridge


This is the Highline trestle in Valley City, built between 1906 and 1908.  It is still in use today.  The Highline is 3,860 feet long and 162 feet high.  We are including it on this site in homage to the importance of the railroad in settling North Dakota.  Check out our gallery for another of […]

Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel


McKenzie County Thank you to R. David Adams for submitting these photos of the Fairview Lift Bridge and the accompanying Cartwright Tunnel, between Cartwright, North Dakota and Fairview, Montana.  This bridge is frequently confused with the Snowden Bridge, a few miles away in Montana, partly due to a similar history (each bridge has only been […]

More Views of Haley


Bowman County Inhabited as of 5-07 Haley, ND is in Bowman County, southwest of Bismarck, right on the border with South Dakota. As of our visit, Haley had a population of two. These are additional photos from the archive. Click Here to see our main Haley gallery. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE The view from the […]

Werner, ND


Dunn County Habitation Status Unknown Werner is in West Central North Dakota, south of Lake Sakakawea, in a very sparsely populated region of Dunn County. We have seen photos of various remains from the town of Werner in print and elsewhere. We do not know exactly how much is left. According to North Dakota Place […]

Gassman Coulee Trestle


Ward County Our May 2010 trip took us through Minot, so we stopped to take some photos of this — the Gassman Coulee Trestle in Trestle Valley, just outside of town. The bridge is 1792 feet long and 117 feet tall at its highest point, second only in scope to the Highline Trestle in Valley […]

Caledonia Bridge


This is the Caledonia Bridge in Caledonia, North Dakota. It was built in 1895.  It is closed to all but foot traffic. It is one of the oldest bridges in North Dakota, second to the Viking bridge in nearby Portland. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photos by Troy and Rat, copyright Sonic […]