Before there were big box stores that sold everything you needed, there were little general stores that did the same thing but with the charm of the sole owner of the store being the one there ringing up your items. Most small towns in North Dakota had general stores at one point, a lot of them are still around today and most registered as historical places.

If you want a great nostalgia trip, head to one of these stores:

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Have you ever wondered what these stores looked like in their heyday, back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? It’s hard to imagine fully when you can’t actually be there but there is still a way to see it. These photographs show what cities looked like back then, and some of them might shock you with just how different they were.

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