This little school is in Adelaide Township, Bowman County, just off Rhame Road, just a few miles south of Rhame, North Dakota. It is a particularly beautiful example of a two-room prairie schoolhouse in a very sparsely populated part of the state.
We’ve found it somewhat rare to find a little school on the prairie like this where the bell tower is still in good condition. Frequently, they have toppled by the time we arrive to shoot some photos.
We photographed this school as we were on our way south to Belle Fourche, South Dakota, with our eventual destination Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. When you head south from this place, into South Dakota, you’ll find yourself in some remote areas on the way to Belle Fourche, where radio stations come and go and the distance to the next gas station might surprise you. Plan well, muchachos.
A herd of *pronghorn were having some fun in the morning sun in the field across the road. Most of them bounded away when we arrived but this one hung around as if to say, “Hey, what are you guys up to?“
*Edited to correct. This is the part where I confess I had no idea the animals we saw in western North Dakota were pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) and not antelope, which are native to Africa. There’s a resemblance, but educating myself on pronghorn was fascinating.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp