then and now

  • Underwater Ghost Towns

    Underwater Ghost Towns of the North Dakota Missouri River

    The construction of Garrison Dam flooded the Missouri River Valley and created Lake Sakakawea, something we’ve covered before in posts about Sanish and Four Bears Bridge.  We’ve photographed both a church and a home that once stood in Elbowoods — structures that were moved to higher ground to avoid the flood. Here’s a graphic, based on a… [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.

  • Maltese Cross Cabin, Chimney Butte

    Maltese Cross Cabin: Theodore Roosevelt’s Mobile Home

    By / March 15, 2014 / Badlands, Special Features

    On Theodore Roosevelt’s first trip to North Dakota in 1883, before he made Elkhorn Ranch his home, he stayed in a modest frontier cabin about seven miles south of Medora at Chimney Butte.  It was still the Dakota Territory then and the future President was bolstering his rawhide credentials.  The National Park Service has a… [read more]

  • Verendrye, North Dakota

    Watch Verendrye Age Forty Years

    By / January 28, 2014 / Verendrye, ND

    Yesterday, Steve Lee sent us some photos of flooding in Verendrye, North Dakota. They were taken by his father during the Mouse (Souris) River floods “sometime in the mid to late forties.” My father, Howard Lee, took these photos.  He grew up on his grandfather’s (Herbrand Lee) farm, 2 or 3 miles northeast of Verendrye. Herbrand… [read more]

  • Verendrye, North Dakota

    Verendrye in Black & White

    By / December 14, 2013 / Verendrye, ND

    We’ve long hoped to run across some photos of the town that was once Verendrye, North Dakota. We drove by the crumbling facade of the school a few years ago and snapped a photo, but we hadn’t yet seen any photos of Verendrye when it still looked like a town.  So, we were thrilled when… [read more]

  • Blabon, North Dakota

    Two Views of Blabon, 97 Years Apart

    By / November 29, 2013 / Blabon, ND

    These two dramatically different views of Blabon, North Dakota vividly depict how quickly things changed for some small North Dakota railroad communities in the twentieth century. The postcard above was sent to Olaf Andersen in Detroit on October 4th, 1916 with a message written in a foreign language. The photo by C.A. Sund reveals an… [read more]

  • 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]

  • Hotel Johnson

    Manfred’s Hotel Johnson, Then and Now

    By / February 24, 2013 / Manfred, ND

    We revisited Manfred last summer for the first time in six years and found some things had changed for the better.  Look at the Hotel Johnson in 2006 compared to how it looks now… the residents of Manfred have made amazing progress on the old hotel. Copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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    Nome School: Then and Now

    By / January 13, 2013 / Nome, ND

    Nome School in Barnes County — 1919 and 2005. Animation by Troy Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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    More of the Fargo Waldorf

    By / January 6, 2013 / Points of Interest

    We added a postcard of the Fargo Waldorf as it looked in 1911 a few days ago.  Here are a few more looks at this long gone Fargo landmark.  In the first postcard below from 1906 or ’07, the Northern Pacific Depot is center-left, and the Waldorf is the four-story building center-right.  This view is… [read more]

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