The Shadow of Lunds Valley, North Dakota

Lunds Valley, North Dakota

Lunds Valley is a beautiful near-ghost town nestled in a valley in Mountrail County, about fifty-four miles northeast of Williston.  It is one of those towns where we showed up a little too late, because there aren’t many of the original buildings still standing.  It is a mere shadow of its former self.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota

Lunds Valley was considered a rural post office and the population of the town never exceeded 100.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota

Terry’s photo of this elevator is featured on the cover of our first book, Ghosts of North Dakota, Volume 1 Special Edition.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota

This is the remains of the former Lunds Valley school, destroyed by fire. Wylora Christianson sent a photo of the school before it burned.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota

Sidewalks remain, long after the buildings are gone.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota

We’ve seen references online where the name of this place is sometimes spelled as one word, Lundsvalley.

Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota
Lunds Valley, North Dakota

See also: Lunds Valley School before it burned

See also: More Lunds Valley

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

36 Comments on “The Shadow of Lunds Valley, North Dakota

  1. Very nice pictures. Looks like you guys had a good trip! I really like the pictures of Lunds Valley, they’re beautiful but the place makes me feel hauntingly lonely for some reason. Though you say you got there too late, you definitely still managed to capture the feel of the town. There may not be many buildings remaining but the ones that are are at least quite photogenic!! Great job once again!

    PS the only thing I’ve been wondering while looking through all your new galleries is this: are you not getting just covered in ticks going through these areas?? I don’t know how it is anywhere else but the ticks are so bad here (Bismarck) that I managed to have one crawling on my pants while on a bike trail IN TOWN! Not fun.

    • Wow. I am also of Danish descent. I know that my Grandfather family came over in the early 1900s and they settled in North Dakota. I was even born there.

  2. I have a perfect picture of the school in Lunds Valley as it once stood. If you would like to see the picture I could email it to you.

  3. My Great Granpa was a Lutheran Minister in Lunds Valley and is buried in the cemetery there along with my Great Granma and Great Aunt. Very cool to see this. I remember my Granma taking me there YEARS ago when I was little during Memorial Weekend – but I cannot remember much about it.

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  5. Guess what?? I live there right now I can see the old LundsValley building right by my house,so people still do live there just to tell you!! I enjoyed the pictures!

    • Laney, My husbands parents and family grew up in Lund’s Valley. They migrated to the west coast about 60 years ago, give or take. How long have you lived there. Do you have many of the old pictures? We have a few in an old album. Would love to communicate with you concerning the exchange of information. Oh, by the way, the family name is of course, Lund.
      LOL… please reply to the address if you are interested.

      • Wendy
        I have lived in Lund’s Valley my whole life. (So has my Dad) We would love to see any old photos you may have. My family & I love old Lund’s Valley history!

        • Can you share any Lunds valley history. My mother was a Lund from that area

        • Hello! My name is Mitch Lund. My mother, Wendy, commented above. As she stated, my paternal grandfather, Clarence (Kelly) Lund and all but one of his siblings, were born and raised there. Our Lund family immigrated from Denmark.

          As it turns out, my wife’s sister and family are moving to Bismark in December of this year. We plan to visit them next summer. I am planning to make a trip to Lunds Valley in an attempt to locate the actual farm land where Grandpa was born and raised. Please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to share with any information back and forth. My number is (360) 522-2780.

          I look forward to hearing from you!


          • Wow. I am also of Danish descent. I know that my Grandfather family came over in the early 1900s and they settled in North Dakota. I was even born there

  6. The pictures were great…The Lunds Valley School was really a beautiful old structure….with a library! We had Christmas programs performing on the stage…we really worked hard to make those productions memorable…they were to the kids anyway! Thanks for the memories! Looking forward to seeing pix of the old school building. I hauled grain to the elevator! Nothing better than a cold coke in a green glass bottle coming out of a bright red coke machine!!! MEMORIES

    • I remember that coke machine, my father managed the elevator in the 70’s

    • My grandfather, Clarence Swedlund, also managed Lunds Valley elevator, in the 50’s and early 60’s, the coke machine everyone remembers had the door on the top and you slid the bottles over and pulled them up and out. My mom attended that beautiful 2-story school. I believe Clemen Christianson was the Lunds Valley postmaster and they lived next door to my grandparents. I spent some summers in Lunds Valley during the 50’s, I remember it as a small version of Mayberry.

  7. When she was quite young, my Mother, LaVonne Nelson, taught at the Lund’s Valley School. She has talked about it recently.

    • My father Willard Olsen managed the elevator in Lunds Valley for several years in the 70’s-lots of fond memories of Lunds Valley

  8. I love the pics of my old town the school pics are great the basen sitting by the burned out school building

  9. My grandfather lived there before coming to Washington state. I have a calendar plate from there dated 1929. My maiden name was Lund.

  10. My grandpa’s parents homesteaded in Lunds Valley. My grandma and grandpa (Warren and Dolores Paulson) bought the farm from them and raised their family there. In the 1990’s they retired to Minot. I believe their pasture is just adjacent to the townsite.

    I am excited to show this site to my mom and grandma. They will love the pictures.

  11. I believe that my grandma took me into the building that says “Lunds Valley” on it most likely in the mid 1980’s when I was about 6. If my memory is correct, she was helping with an election and that was the local polling place. It had to have been a county election, because Stan Wright (from Stanley) was on the ballot.

    Also, my grandpa told me that he once owned land on both sides of the tracks that are shown with someone else owning a chunk of land in between his parcels. They agreed to swap land, so that all of his was together. Their land borders the tracks on the south (on the east side of the townsite).

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  13. I lived in Lunds Valley for a short time when my father, Maurice Jensen and my mother Clarice, ran the general store. I attended the Lunds Valley School for four and a half years in the mid 1940,s. In about 1947 my father moved the store to Stanley and I started fifth grade there. I have many fond memories of Lunds Valley and the surrounding area. Before moving to Lunds Valley we lived on my grandfather’s homestead southeast of town. I have many fond memories of the area and would like to go back there and drive through this summer. I now live in Bismarck and spend winters in Mesa, AZ.

    • I remember going to Lunds Valley and my Dad would get me a Coke out of the old machine in the Elevator. I also remember Maurice Jensen but not from when he was in Lunds Valley. Ha. Very nice people. My Grandma used to work at his store in Stanley.

  14. I remember your grandmother working in dad’s store. It must be 35 or so years ago. My dad had the best selection of candy in town and even now I run into people who bought candy from him or received a free bag when they paid their bills. Those were the “good old days.” Lowell L Jensen

  15. I lived in Williston for several years and launched my boat at Lunds Landing. It was about 25 east of Williston and was just a cove with a dirt ramp. I always wondered who Lund was?

  16. My Dad, Willard Olsen managed the elevator in Lunds Valley in the 70s. We thought it was a great place, a few family’s living there then, now only 1 family.

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