Bremen is a small, unincorporated town near Fessenden in Wells County. This central part of the state is very sparsely populated and dotted with abandoned places like the Remains of Munster School and Hamberg. These photos were taken in 2008, and we hope to revisit the area sometime soon for an update.
Bremen supposedly had a population of 200 at one time, but it hasn’t had nearly that many for a very long time. Most of Bremen’s residents (there aren’t many) live in a cluster of residences a short distance to the southeast, leaving the street shown here a rather lonesome place.
Do you know what this building used to be? Please leave a comment.
The former Bremen Bank is the most striking derelict structure in Bremen. The amazing stone architecture is a thing to behold, but also perhaps a liability considering moving the building for the sake of preservation would be very difficult and expensive. The roof is totally porous already. Unless someone takes heroic measures to save this structure where it sits, it will eventually fall victim to time.
A peek inside the building from the rear, looking toward the front.
There’s something storybook about this winding drive, leading to a decidedly non-storybook abandoned home.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, © Sonic Tremor Media