North Dakota April 07, 2017
This Delightful General Store In North Dakota Will Have You Longing For The Past
Even though most people think general stores are a relic of a time long passed, they are still around today. And no, I’m not talking about the ones that have “Casey’s” in the name. Many North Dakota towns still have the original general stores that are often well over a century old now. Believe it or not, but some of them are even still open!
General stores used to be the main hub for every single person in a town.
More often than not, general stores were usually one of the first or second buildings to be built in a North Dakota town - only second to the post office. It wasn't uncommon for post offices to be part of general stores. The store shown above was a busy general store in North Dakota photographed in the 1930s.
These stores had just about everything a person could need.
Hardware, clothes, feed - you name it. General stores were the place that had them all and kept small town communities thriving. They were an essential part of any town's history. Unfortunately, most of them have long since been closed down, remodeled into something else, or simply demolished.
Not all towns lost their general store. The town of Edinburg, North Dakota is one of the most picture perfect small towns in the state.
This Walsh County town has a population at just under 200 and has never even reached double that number in all its history. Despite being fairly small, their motto is "The Kind Of Small Town Every Other Small Town Would Like To Be," and that is certainly true in this case.
Edinburg still has a general store, and it's not just your average, every day store.
The Edinburg General Store is one of the most unique stores in North Dakota. Besides being a "little bit of everything" store, this place has what no other store does. The two story building has three model trains running along the balcony inside. The town claims itself as the Bird Capital of North Dakota, so naturally it has a Bird Room as well.
Merchandise you can buy here includes antiques, hardware, gifts, and their special personalized pottery. This store is much more than a general mercantile, it is part of the heart of the town and a unique place for anyone to enjoy. It'll have you nostalgic for those simpler times!
The Edinburg General Store is located at 67 Main Avenue, Edinburg, ND 58227.
This is one of a handful of other cute, historic North Dakota general stores,
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