Fall of 2018 officially marks 15 years since we began documenting North Dakota’s ghost towns and abandoned places. I’ve previously written about how we got started (by accident). We photographed our first three places in 2003 and started the website in early 2004, and in that time we’ve driven more than 65,000 miles and traveled through every county in North Dakota in search of abandoned and vanishing places. We’ve photographed true ghost towns with zero residents and vanishing small towns with a handful of residents remaining — places like Merricourt, Corinth, and Haley among many others. We’ve photographed abandoned places of interest including San Haven Sanatorium, Fortuna Air Force Station, and the Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel to name a few. As we’ve photographed these places, we’ve learned a lot about North Dakota and its history and we’ve tried to share as much of that with you as best we know how. Our photography has gotten a little better over the years and my ability to put it into words has grown too. And we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.Continue reading “Thank You for 15 Great Years”
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Churches of the High Plains
Churches of the High Plains is a 120 page, hardcover, coffee table book featuring photos of churches, both active and abandoned, across the High Plains of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Churches of the High Plains is part travelogue, part photo essay, and all history appreciation, and includes comments from the photographers, historical tidbits, stories from current and former church members and staff, and a lot more. A wide variety of faiths are represented in this volume, including Catholic, Lutheran, Congregational, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, and more.
After getting suggestions from several people that we start doing videos again, we decided to ease back into it and we did just a little bit of video on our trip over Memorial Weekend. We stopped doing videos some years ago, mainly because there are only two of us, and when we go on a trip, we’re usually busy enough taking photos. Video has never been our forte’ but we understand it provides a little glimpse inside our trips, so we’re happy to oblige. We’ll probably do more in the future. Enjoy.
Bucyrus, North Dakota was decimated by a wind-driven wildfire on October 17th, 2012. Nearly all of Bucyrus was lost in the fire. Thankfully, two dozen residents of Bucyrus were evacuated before the fire and there were no injuries. However, Bucyrus’ residents have lost their homes and possessions.
We spoke with Adams county emergency management and they provided us with the following relief information. Please do what you can to help these families in their recovery effort.
Monetary donations can be sent to:
Bucyrus North Dakota Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union
PO Box 1020
Hettinger, ND 58639
To offer other kinds of assistance, please check with:
Bismarck Red Cross
4007 State Street
Bismarck, ND 58503
Adams County Emergency Management: