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GHOST TOWNS IN NORTH DAKOTA
last updated October 14, 2003
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North Dakota's 53 counties are replete with ghost towns, both old ones and new ones. The causes of this depopulation are various and open to speculation. But regardless of determinants, North Dakota's ghost towns delight the senses and captivate the imagination. They invite reminiscences of another time, another place. You, your ancestors, or your relatives may have lived in a town that is dehabited. If you can help supply information about a town, its buildings, or its occupants, please contact the web host at BrnKronJon@aol.com
There are six classes of "Ghost Towns," but we are mainly concerned with the first four:
- A...Scattered rubble or site where nature has reclaimed the land.
- B...Roofless buildings or partialy demolished buildings.
- C...Boarded up or abandoned buildings, no population.
- D...A community with many abandoned buildings and a small population of residents.
- E...Historic community or town, functional, but much smaller than in its boom years.
- F...A restored town, state park, or replica of an old town, community or fort.
Alphabetical Listing of ND Ghost Towns
Here's a link to our mother site: Ghost Towns in the USA
Map of North Dakota Counties
Article on the East's Fascination with ND Ghost Towns
1888 Map Shows Railroads, Counties, and Villages
Historical Map of 1895
One-Act Play About a ND Ghost Town (synopsis)
Article about the Exodus of the Young from the Midwest
Program that Encourages Community Development
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