The Truly Grim Reality Of 10 Deserted Ghost Towns In North Dakota
By Leah|Published August 14, 2016
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
Time and nature will always take their toll no matter what. Such is the case with these 10 ghost towns in North Dakota. At some point they were bustling towns, most sprung up from the railroad and thriving from as early as 1880 then dying off by the mid 1900s. A lot of them rose to populations of 500 or more and then drastically fell off around the Great Depression and dwindled off as people moved on further west or to larger towns that still exist in the state today.
Explore what remains at these ghost towns today. For the most part, it is just the final traces of the life that used to live there, being taken over by nature. What remains is grim.
These towns were once bustling, and the only evidence of that is the memories of former residents and any rare photographs that still exist. Take a look at what they used to be like back in their prime through these amazing photos.
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