Kathryn, North Dakota: Ripped from a Western Movie

Kathryn is a beautiful little town in Barnes county, nestled perfectly into the landscape of the Sheyenne River Valley. It is more of a small town than a near-ghost town with a population of 57, but with an abundance of abandoned places and other photo opportunities.

There’s a nice little bar in Kathryn and one or two more businesses, plus some nicely maintained homes. If you decide to drive the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, Kathryn is the perfect non-touristy place to stop in for a beer.

The former bank.

If you drive the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway between Valley City and Kathryn, North Dakota, you’ll be treated to a roadside panorama as incredible as nearly any in the state. It is beautiful.

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp

85 thoughts on “Kathryn, North Dakota: Ripped from a Western Movie

  1. For anyone who is interested, there are Lutheran Church records online at Ancestry.com, for these churches in Kathryn: Nordeeim Lutheran, Sheyenne Valley Lutheran, St. Pauli Lutheran and Waldheim Lutheran. They date back to 1883 and up to about 1958, depending on the church. They include Congregational Minutes, Ministerial Records (baptism, confirmation, marriage, and burials), Treasurer’s records, etc. Many of them are written in Norwegian, but all of them contain great details about the people that lived in and around Kathryn, ND. The records were uploaded by Ancestry in 2015. Hope this is helpful to some who stumble across this website.


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