Eastedge: Six Years Later

On our way home from the south-central part of North Dakota, we stopped in Eastedge for a visit — six years to the month after our first trip there. As we mentioned after our first visit, Eastedge has a somewhat haunting history, and the weather was appropriately murky. Is it just a coincidence that when we returned, the weather was again spooky?

Eastedge, North Dakota

Eastedge, North Dakota

Eastedge was almost gone when we visited in 2005, and it’s one step closer today. The white house seems frozen in the middle of a slow motion collapse. Looks like a Dali.

Eastedge, North Dakota

The other house on the site still looks like it’s in pretty good shape. The farmer has blocked the road down into Eastedge with a pile of rocks, and the town site is now very overgrown with grass and weeds.

What do you know about Eastedge? Please leave a comment below.

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

7 thoughts on “Eastedge: Six Years Later

  1. I find this curious: can a person really block a public access road like that? Even if he did own the entire town site, I just find it very odd that a person could get away with this (because around here, that would NOT be allowed.)


    1. Yes they can as it is not a section line, and even a section line can legally be abandoned and closed.


  2. These are wonderful, evocative pictures. They do make me curious about the vicinity of these houses. What surrounds them? Field? Forest? Are they within hailing distance of one another? If I put my back to these buildings, what would I see? Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!


  3. My wife and I were here today and sad to report the whole place is gone. Construction is in progress, I looked at your pictures again and on the Google map satellite view for reference and it definitely is the same area.
    Here’s a pic I snapped of where I think the collapsing house was.


  4. I was just talking to my 99 year old Dad today about him building a sled as a young man. He lived in the area of Litchville and Nome . He said he had gotten the supplies at a store in Eastedge. It had a railroad station there also he said. I’d never heard of Eastedge and thought I could take him there. I was happy to at least see a few photos of what was left. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to show him the pics.


  5. thanks to the power of google street view, the entirety of Eastedge has been turned into …. a private residence. I do not believe much else was preserved. I had really hoped to go out there one day for my project but this is now no longer possible.


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