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Eastedge: Six Years Later

Eastedge: Six Years Later

On our way home from the south-central part of North Dakota, we stopped in Eastedge for a visit — six years to the month after our first trip there. As we mentioned after our first visit, Eastedge has a somewhat haunting history, and the weather was appropriately murky. Is it just a coincidence that when we returned, the weather was again spooky? Eastedge was almost gone when we visited in 2005, and it’s one step closer today. The white house…

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Stady in 1915

Stady in 1915

Steve Ray contributed the following postcard of Stady. Steve writes: It was mailed in June 1915 from Clara Leraas, who lived with her family a couple miles east of Stady, to her mother-in-law, Martha Leraas of Barrett, MN. To see our main Stady Gallery with photos contributed my Mariah Masilko, click here. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC Troy LarsonTroy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota….

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Omemee: Now and Then

Omemee: Now and Then

After visiting in 2004, contributor Mark Johnson made a followup visit to Omemee. We were able to match Mark’s photo of the Superintendent’s house with an old postcard. The picture says it all… there’s not much time for Omemee. Mark’s comments: “Attached are a couple updated photos of the “superintendent’s house” in Omemee from last October… the house has seriously deteriorated further since I was there originally. The whole front of the house has collapsed.” Photo by Mark Johnson, original…

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The End of Falsen School

The End of Falsen School

We visited Falsen School in Verendrye, North Dakota in 2010 and discovered it was all that was all left of the town that once stood here. Just a lonely, crumbling facade of the school remains. It was on clearly posted private land, so we weren’t able to get closer on this visit. Troy LarsonTroy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy www.sonictremormedia.com

You’re Never Going to Temple, North Dakota

You’re Never Going to Temple, North Dakota

Temple, North Dakota is the kind of place you drive by on a hot summer afternoon or an overcast morning. The kind of place you pass through on your way to a place called Ray from a place known as Tioga. Temple, however, has a destiny now-defined by those prepositions “by” and “through.” You drive by, you pass through, but you’re never going to Temple, North Dakota, because the town as we knew it is a ghost town. Troy LarsonTroy Larson…

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School’s Out in Hamlet, North Dakota

School’s Out in Hamlet, North Dakota

John Piepkorn contributed these photos of the Hamlet School, in Williams County, in 2010 with the following comments: I have attached some images of the Hamlet, ND school. The “town” has approximately 5 houses that look to be inhabited and about 1/4 mile down a dirt road from the houses, the school sits decaying. There is no roof and much of the brick wall in the back is gone. The inside was inhabited by a huge swarm of yellowjackets, so I…

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An Old West Hotel in Manfred, North Dakota

An Old West Hotel in Manfred, North Dakota

Manfred, North Dakota is in Wells County, about 30 miles south of Rugby, near the geographical center of North America. Manfred reportedly had 439 citizens in 1920, but that declined to 70 by 1960, and about a dozen when we took these photos in 2006. We actually hadn’t planned on stopping in Manfred, but we drove right by it on the way to Silva and Fillmore, and when we saw the hotel from the highway, we immediately decided to go…

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Webster School

Webster School

Webster is in Ramsey County, just north of Devils Lake. Someone has done a fantastic job of preserving the former Webster School. We couldn’t tell what it’s used for today, but someone told us it’s occasionally used as a hunting lodge, and it looks fantastic. We’ve taken the liberty of removing the power lines which ran through the foreground of this picture so you can appreciate the structure more fully. Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor…

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Chaseley, North Dakota

Chaseley, North Dakota

Chaseley was a NPRR railroad town founded in 1902. It was named by Richard Sykes for the estate of an associate in England. It’s peak population was said to be around 125 in 1920. Troy LarsonTroy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy www.sonictremormedia.com

The Haunting End of Eastedge, North Dakota

The Haunting End of Eastedge, North Dakota

Eastedge, ND is in south-central North Dakota, in southern Barnes County, about twenty miles south of Valley City. The railroad construction camp that once existed here was named “Eastedge,” a name descriptive of its location on the east edge of the Sheyenne River Valley. Eastedge is near two other places we’ve photographed — Kathryn and Nome. It was May 1st when we visited Eastedge, a date that normally prompts visions of spring sunshine and flowers, but on this day, the…

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The Ghost Town Known as Straubville, North Dakota

The Ghost Town Known as Straubville, North Dakota

About 60 miles southwest of Wahpeton, in Sargent County, stands the ghost town known as Straubville, North Dakota. It was named for the first settler, Joseph W. Straub, who donated ten acres for the town site, in 1883. A Great Northern Railroad station was founded in 1886, and population peaked at 40. This was a place we visited early in our Ghosts of North Dakota adventures, in 2005, and it was one of the first places we encountered where it…

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Ghost Town Temple, North Dakota

Ghost Town Temple, North Dakota

Temple was founded in Williams County along the Great Northern Railroad line. The post office was moved here from Haarstad in 1908. The significance of the town name is unknown. Temple’s peak population was about 90 people in 1920, but it had dwindled to 25 in 1960. It is presently uninhabited. Like many of the ghost towns in North Dakota, Temple saw a steady decline beginning around the depression and continuing until its Post Office closed in 1965. The harsh winters and…

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Sanger, ND

Sanger, ND

Sanger, North Dakota is located in Oliver County, on the west bank of the Missouri River. It was a true ghost town when we visited in September of 2004, but that would change by 2013. Sanger was also known as Bentley, ND when it was founded in 1879, named after the town doctor W. Bentley, who was also a member of the territorial legislature. Bentley was considered the county seat until 1884, when the county seat was moved to Center, ND and…

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Arena, ND

Arena, ND

Arena was founded with a rural post office January 23rd, 1906. It is said to have had a peak population of 150 around 1920, but had withered to 35 residents by 1930. It is now abandoned. The photo shown left is the former Arena School, photo contributed by Stephen Berg. As of our visit in 2004, the school was gone. This was the only photo we’d been able to locate of the school for quite some time, but in summer of 2011,…

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Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 2

Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 2

Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 2 is an 88 page, hardcover, full-color book featuring some of the best photos from the Ghosts of North Dakota project — photos of ghost towns, near-ghost towns, and abandoned places across the state of North Dakota, plus comments from the photographers, historical tidbits, and more.  Places in this book include Manfred, Sims, Medora, Brantford, the North Dakota Badlands, Bantry, Lucca, Minot Air Force Station, and much more. See the photo index. See a 20 page preview….

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Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 3

Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 3

Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 3 is a 110 page, hardcover, full-color coffee table book featuring some of the best photos from the Ghosts of North Dakota project — photos of ghost towns, near-ghost towns, and abandoned places across the state of North Dakota, plus comments from the photographers, historical tidbits, and more. Places in this book include Antler, Marmarth, Arena, Sanish, Haymarsh, and Bathgate. Volume 3 also includes a 19 page special section on the abandoned Fortuna Air Force…

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Three Book Combo Pack

Three Book Combo Pack

Get all three books with this Ghosts of North Dakota three-book combo pack including a copy each of Ghosts of North Dakota Volume 1: Special Edition (softcover), Volume 2 (hardcover), and Volume 3 (hardcover). 306 total pages, in three beautiful books featuring some of the best photos from the Ghosts of North Dakota project $79.85 In-stock. Order now. Go Back to the Ghosts of North Dakota store. Troy LarsonTroy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota,…

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North Dakota Postcards

North Dakota Postcards

These Ghosts of North Dakota 4 x 6 postcards are professionally printed in the USA on premium, heavy cardstock, with a beautiful glossy finish.  On the back, each card features a brief description of the place pictured. These postcards come in packs of fifteen — three cards from each of the five scenes:  St John’s Lutheran in Arena, Barton Country School #8, North American Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Sims and Brantford, North Dakota. North Dakota Postcards 15-pack $12.95…

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