Inside San Haven Sanatorium, part two

San Haven, North Dakota

In part one, Mary, a former patient at San Haven Sanatorium, detailed her arrival at San Haven and the circumstances that led to her spending five months in the facility in 1963. Eventually this ten-year-old from Carrington settled into her time at this massive hospital and learned how to keep herself safe. We never wandered the halls […]

Inside San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven

This website is a constant reminder of how things change over time, those reminders frequently coming in the form of a photograph that shows a crumbling structure, a little less stout than when we last photographed it. Sometimes though, the reminders come in the form of a story, an email from a visitor.  In this […]

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 GhostsofNorthDakota.com 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 […]

San Haven Postcard 1940

San Haven Postcard 1940

I found this postcard in a box at an antique store.  It’s a postcard of San Haven Sanatorium in 1940.  I was impressed that this postcard shows an overview of the grounds including the beautiful gardens and water feature which are now completely dry and overgrown. This postcard was sent by someone named Olga, who must […]

San Haven Sanatorium 2012

San Haven

San Haven Sanatorium is a former tuberculosis sanatorium in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains, a few minutes north of Dunseith.  Thousands of TB patients received treatment here between 1909 and the end of the TB endemic in the 1940′s.  Prior to the advent of antibiotics which brought tuberculosis under control, roughly 50 percent of […]

San Haven Sanatorium

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Rolette County Abandoned in 1987 San Haven is located just a few miles northeast of Dunseith. It was founded in 1909 as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium and later became a hospital for the developmentally disabled. Over the years, San Haven grew into a huge complex of structures complete with underground tunnels to connect the complex. It […]

San Haven Sanatorium in the 1930′s

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Rolette County Abandoned in 1987 Susan (Thingvold) Sande of Kalispell, Montana contributed the following photos of San Haven in the tuberculosis era. The photos were taken by her aunt, Nora Thingvold in the 1930′s. Susan’s comments on Nora: “Nora was a nurse all her life – at San Haven, in hospitals in Devils Lake , […]

Ambrose, ND

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Divide County Inhabited as of 5/10 Ambrose is just north of Highway 5 in the northwestern corner of the state, just three miles from the US-Canadian border. Ambrose has been on our radar for some time. It is a well-known town in ghost town circles and has been the subject of numerous media reports for […]