This is an abandoned farmstead right along the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, just a few minutes south of Valley City, North Dakota.
People have occasionally asked us, “What’s the fascination with abandoned places like this?” and it’s a hard question to answer, but there’s a hint in places like this. When you see it for the first time, you’re struck by the contradiction of a beautiful setting in a rolling river valley marked by an abandoned home like this. Your mind conjures the questions soon after… “What was life like when a family called this home? Why did they leave?” Before you know it, you’ve spent an hour pondering it in your mind’s eye.
We passed this farm once before and we couldn’t get close due to a wet field.
This farm is often visited by photographers. We’ve seen photos from lots of other people who have visited this place, likely due to it’s incredibly beautiful location nestled in the rolling hills of the Sheyenne River Valley, just off the scenic byway which is one of the state’s most beautiful drives.
The driveway which once led to this farm no longer exists, making this an isolated outpost on what was once a wild prairie.
There was at least one collapsed structure on-site, and a small house, separate from the main home.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC