North Dakota September 27, 2016
The Abandoned Town In North Dakota That Most People Stay Far, Far Away From
The town of Sims, North Dakota has been abandoned for a very long time. No one has been a resident there for many years. Well, no one
living, that is. According to this article in the Bismarck Tribune, there may still be someone – or something – lingering there, who has possibly been there since 1918.
This is about all there is left of Sims, ND.
The town was founded in 1883 in Morton County. It began as a coal town and blossomed into a large city with over 1,000 residents. But only a few decades later, that number had plummeted to a mere 86. By 1947 the post office had closed and the last remaining residents dwindled down to nothing in the following years.
The last remaining structures are a beautiful Scandinavian Lutheran Church, which is still in use for people outside of the town, and its parsonage.
This old house is the other last structure, crumbling to the forces of nature over time.
At some point, these stairs led somewhere. Now they stand alone - no building left.
Beyond the empty, eerie feeling you may get in this town, there is something in the parsonage that could make anyone decide to hightail it out of there.
The parsonage is well known to be home to a spirit who refuses to leave. That spirit is known as The Gray Lady, and she has been haunting Sims for a century.
She originally lived as the minister's wife in the early 1900s. By 1915, she had died from illnesses within the parsonage.
In 1930, a preacher at the church left the parsonage because of the hauntings he was experiencing - and he wasn't the only one. The townspeople went as far as contacting a local bishop asking for him to come to their church and see if he could do something about this spirit. People reported seeing her wandering the church and even playing the organ at random. The second floor of the parsonage - where she lived - had windows that would open and close on their own. One man said he even spoke to her, and no one in the town doubted him.
Today, the entire town is abandoned, but signs of the ghost remain.
Not many people come in or out of the Sims anymore, and not many want to. With the Gray Lady still haunting the place, I would steer clear...
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