We’ve known about Brantford, North Dakota — in Eddy County — for some time. Mark Johnson contributed some winter photos a few years back, and we posted some postcards as well, but this was the first time we got a chance to actually visit.
We saw only one home which appeared to be inhabited (it had a satellite dish on the roof), but we didn’t see a single person the whole time we were there. There were half a dozen abandoned homes, multiple foundations from buildings that no longer exist, the former Brantford Public School, and a church which was moved to a farm and then abandoned.
The view out the front door from Brantford Public School. Hundreds of little feet once strolled that sidewalk, but now it’s barely holding back the prairie; grass and weeds are poking through every crack.
Right inside the front door of Brantford Public School,
A former pump house
This was once somebody’s driveway.
There were thousands of bees buzzing around these hives, but they didn’t bother us at all.
We waded through chest-high grass in places to get to the beautiful church at the back of this farmstead.
This church appears to have been moved to this farmstead, for what purpose, we don’t know. The entire place is now vacant with only the bee colony on site.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp