Ten More Lost North Dakota Places

Sometimes we photograph a place and find out years later that it’s gone, sometimes the place is gone by the time we get there.  But the one constant is that the list of places is growing all the time.

Here’s another list of ten more significant North Dakota places that have unfortunately lost their battle with time. When you’re done with this one, check out 10 Lost North Dakota Places, and 8 More Lost North Dakota Places.

Heaton, North Dakota

1. Heaton’s Main Street

Heaton has gone down quickly over the last decade, with most of their abandoned buildings razed and only one resident remaining.

Calvin, North Dakota

2. Calvin Corinthian Lodge

In the time since Terry photographed this Corinthian Lodge in Calvin, North Dakota in 2006, this place has collapsed.  See MJ Masilko’s photos from after the collapse.

Eastedge, North Dakota

3. Eastedge House

This house is one of only two structures remaining on the Eastedge townsite, and it won’t stand much longer.

Isabel, North Dakota

4. Isabel School

Isabel School, and the store across the road, have been gone a long time, and we’ve never even seen photos of them.  If you have any you’d like to share, please contact us.

5. Omemee

Contributor Mark Johnson took a photo that allowed us to do the above animation of one of the few remaining structures in Omemee, North Dakota.  It’s a true ghost town and the elements have been hard on this place.  It won’t be around many more years.

Straubville, North Dakota

6. Most of Straubville

Straubville is a true ghost town with zero population, and most of the buildings, if they haven’t already collapsed, are crumbling.

7. Fargo Waldorf

The Fargo Waldorf was in the perfect location — directly across the street from the Northern Pacific train depot.  It was destroyed by fire on December 19th, 1951. Read more about the Waldorf in Fargo Moorhead Lost and Found.

Munster Schoolhouse

8. Munster Schoolhouse

We set out to photograph this schoolhouse in October of 2012 at the end of the driest summer ever in the state, and when we arrived, we were shocked to see the school had recently burned. We visited two years later, and it had collapsed.

Falsen School

9. Falsen School

Just the facade remains of the Falsen School in Verendrye, North Dakota.

Lincoln Valley, North Dakota

1o. Lincoln Valley gas station

The filling station, the post office, and several other buildings on the block are now gone in Lincoln Valley.

Lincoln Valley, North Dakota

Bonus Place: Lincoln Valley church

We know very little about this church.  Please feel free to comment if you know anything about it.  There did not appear to be wreckage of this church lying around, which makes us wonder whether it was moved somewhere.

See also: 8 More Lost North Dakota Places

16 thoughts on “Ten More Lost North Dakota Places

  1. I’m not sure what happened with the Lincoln Valley church (wonderful old photo, by the way), but as you saw, only the foundation and cellar/basement remains, and for some reason, it’s currently being used as a garbage pit. I believe it was a Lutheran church and most likely had sermons in German since several Lincoln Valley residents (I was told) only spoke German at the time. I will ask around for more info. My great-grandmother’s house was (and is still standing) on this same street, on the west side, all the way at the end, to the south. Also, the Lincoln Valley filling station was, I believe, also a pool hall with a bar and had an ice cream parlor. My mother and her family walked there (for ice cream) many times from the Opp home.


  2. This is an awesome web site! I live in Max, ND, and I’m very interested in the history of this beautiful state. I’m so glad I found your site! 🙂

    Sue Kennell


  3. I was raised in Western N Dak-kind’ve between Grassy Butte and Killdeer and south of the Killdeer Mtn-maybe 9 miles! I was wondering why FAYETTE wasn’t shown in the towns that have disappeared!? It used to be our address (about halfway between Grassy Butte and Manning?)


    1. I would love to see something on Fayetteville, also. My aunt, Lovella Aasen, taught the Fayetteville school in 1927-1928.


      1. Oops, I meant Fayette! I have an article that my aunt saved about Fayette from the Minot paper in 1980 and one I saved from Bismarck Trib in 2001. I will try to get a copy to you, it you would like them.


  4. My family lived in Heaton in the old Northern Pacific Section House during the 1950’s which were most of my childhood years…..I have many happy memories of riding my bicycle around the area with friends and the games we used to play with the whole town as our playground….several businesses were still thriving at that time with the town being a important meeting place for the surrounding farmers….many memories….so sad to see it disappearing….


  5. Growing up in New Rockford in the 50’s and then going to Fargo to college was a great time in my life. I have fond memories of working for my dad’s newspaper, the Transcript. Grossly overpaid, is an understatement, for amount of work I got done. I love checking your website. Great job!!


  6. I would like to see something about Perth ND. My Grandfather bootlegged across the border during the prohibition years out the Perth. I guess it was a good living. Grandma played the piano for the silent films at the theater. My Dad had lots of memories about Perth. I haven’t been up there is years. It’s way up by the Canadian border. I would love to see what is left.


    1. Not much left, I think they have about 9 residents. My mother was born and raised in Perth. Born in 1911. Her father was president of the towner bank before it closed in 1926. My mothers name was Harriett Rother.


  7. Wonderful website! My parents came from Wheelock and myself from Churchs Ferry. I wish you had a picture of the Studness building in Churchs Ferry, gone now but it was an impressive building.


  8. Did you ever find a picture of Isabel School? My grandmother taught there in the early 1930’s and I would love to see a picture if anyone has one. Thanks!


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