Clyde, ND

Cavalier County
Inhabited as of 6/10

Clyde is a near ghost town in Cavalier County near the Canadian border.  As of 2002, Clyde reportedly had six residents, quite possibly fewer today. It is no longer listed in the US Census.

Thank you to Miranda Schuler of Upload Photography for contributing these photos. Her comments:

I found a diamond in the rough over the weekend and will get some pictures to you guys shortly. I asked my father-in-law if he knew of any “ghost towns” in the area he grew up (Munich), and he mentioned Clyde. So we drove up there. There were the remains of a store, and insurance office, and a garage. The elevator in the town was also in really tough shape. He said it used to be a “fun” little town and he could remember going there for school dances. The school is no longer there, but there were several abandoned homes. In fact, there were only2 homes that I could tell had people living in them. I would say there we 10 homes that looked as though the owners left one day and just never came home…very sad to say the least. We saw several deer in town though.


Photos by Miranda Schuler, copyright Upload Photography

Can Sarles School Be Saved?

Sarles, North Dakota

Sarles, North Dakota is a tiny town right on the border of Cavalier and Towner Counties, fewer than 4 miles from the Canadian border.

At the time of our visit in 2006, this school was undergoing renovation by a lady who wanted to turn it into a hunting lodge. She was doing a very nice job of it. Unfortunately, we’re told the restoration project ended before completion and the school is once again abandoned. We hope to return one day soon and get an update on the status of this place.  Continue reading “Can Sarles School Be Saved?”

Hannah, ND

Cavalier County
Inhabited as of 8-06

Hannah, ND is a Canadian border town in Cavalier County, directly north of Devils Lake. Hannah’s reported peak population was 262 in 1930.

US Census Data for Hannah
Total Population by Place

1960 – 253
1970 – 145
1980 – 90
2000 – 20
2010 — 15

Pictured below is the site of the former Hannah High School, now just a sign and an empty flag pole. The playground still remains, but the school itself is gone.

Hannah was originally two settlements a couple of miles apart, founded separately as “Hanna” and “Hannah”. The two eventually combined at the railroad line and adopted the name of “Hannah” in honor of early resident (and Father-in-law to the postmaster) Frank Hannah. Hannah’s most prominent former residents woud be Russel Reid, one-time head of the North Dakota Historical Society, and Ethel Catherwood, who eventually adopted Canada as her home and won a Gold Medal for them in the 1928 Olympics.