Tiny Haley, North Dakota
Haley, North Dakota is a near-ghost town in Bowman County, southwest of Bismarck. We first visited Haley in 2007 after we talked to some locals at an area gas station. We told them we were photographing ghost towns and abandoned places and someone said, “You guys need to go see Haley.” Earlier in the day, we had struggled through a vehicle breakdown, and when we got our Jeep back from a repair shop in Bowman, we were eager to make up for lost time, so we were thrilled to get the recommendation to visit Haley, a place we had never previously heard of.
As we approached Haley, the roads went from paved to well-traveled gravel to somewhat rough gravel and we got hopeful that we were approaching a good photo location. We were not disappointed. When we arrived, we found an old one-room country school, an abandoned Post Office, and the former Grand River State Bank on-site, as well as an occupied home, and a still-used church.
We met the residents of Haley when we visited in 2007. There were two of them. Recounting as best I can from memory, the story goes something like: the last resident died, passed the property on to a daughter, who in turn recently passed it on to her son and soon-to-be daughter in law. They had just recently moved to the townsite, and Haley once again had a full-time, year-round population. Two.
Haley’s old Post Office gave us the impression that perhaps it might have also been used as a dwelling for awhile. Maybe someone who knows more can comment below.
The town is very much off the beaten path, but the church is still in use at the time we visited in 2007. See the photos from our return visit to Haley in 2015.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2017 Sonic Tremor Media