The McGregor town site was established in 1910 and assumed the name of a nearby rural post office which had been established five years earlier. We visited McGregor, in Williams County about 45 miles northeast of Williston, in 2010, and we were somewhat surprised by the large number of vacant buildings.
Although McGregor does not appear in the Census records (it’s an unincorporated community) a population of 250 was reported for 1920. We we roughly estimated the population at around 20 on the day we visited. We’re told McGregor got a lot more active in the two years following our visit, when the oil boom spurred a housing crunch in western North Dakota.
During our visit we could see birds going in and out through the hole in the roof of the school.
A sleepy Saturday in McGregor.
The ruins of something long gone.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, © Sonic Tremor Media