Still More Ambrose, North Dakota

The photos on this page are another collection of the photos we took when we visited Ambrose, North Dakota in the summer of 2010. Ambrose, in Divide County, is a town of 26 according to the 2010 Census, and we intend revisit again sometime soon. There is a lot to photograph in Ambrose.

See the rest of our Ambrose galleries here.

Ambrose, North Dakota

The former hospital in Ambrose was vacant and slowly being overtaken by trees when we took these photos in 2010.

Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota
Ambrose, North Dakota

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

22 Comments on “Still More Ambrose, North Dakota

  1. Yeah, trees and various types of vegetation do somehow have a way of overtaking a lot of unused areas. What year did this small town hospital finally discharge its’ last patient? This was probably the envy of many small communities at one time. Oh, how time does erase something great and just keeps moving on. Some of this is so sad. But, thanks to this wonderful web site, memories are kept alive. Keep up the great work, guys.

    Lynn Mickelson

  2. It was in the early 1960’s, I think the hospital closed. Maybe even 1963? Think the hospital was being used like a nursing home back then.

    • By the 60’s this was no longer a hospital, it was an “old folks home”, as we used to refer to it in those days.

  3. I was born at the Ambrose hospital..(1940).. Dr. Weeks was the Doctor…. if he was the last Doctor, he left in 1941. I believe someone is living in there now or was not long ago.

    • yes, someone is still living there. confined to one room with an old wood stove.

      • Correction:, my father was David Weeks, The Dr. who delivered you, my grandfather, was Samuel Weeks…moved to Baker, MT.

  4. I would be curious Maxine if you would know what Dr. Weeks’s full name is?

  5. Yes Lois I do, as I have a newspaper clipping from 1967 with a picture of him and his family. It was a reunion and retirement party at Baker, Montana. His name is Dr. Sam Weeks. He practiced medicine at Grenora prior to 1933, when he moved to Ambrose until 1941. If you would like a copy of the picture and write-up I will send it to you…
    I also have a copy of the hospital bill when I was born – somewhere filed away! It was $21.00 and some cents!!

  6. I was born in the hospital 7/21/1938, Dr. Weeks attending

  7. The last time I saw my grandmother, Ellen Miller, she was living in the “rest home” in Ambrose, as we called it then, about 1961.. Now I know it was formerly the hospital. Thank you for the work you are doing to preserve the history of these old towns!

  8. Oh my gosh, this is so interesting. My mother was born in Ambrose in 1911. Does anyone know if this hospital was there then?

  9. We visited Ambrose this past summer..Our Great Aunt Aagot Nilsen married Bert Thompson in 1911 and lived there until her death in the 20s leaving 4 little children without a mother…very sad.

  10. Martin and Clarence Thompson along with 2 sisters were my Mom Martha Nelsons 1st cousins

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