These photos were taken in the North Dakota ghost town of Arena.
I have been interested in old buildings and abandoned places most of my life. I am of the generation who grew up with that quintessential family outing, the Sunday drive. We zigzagged across many of the back roads of Michigan in our Ford station wagon and often, when we came across an old farmhouse, my mother would have my father stop the car so she could get out and look inside (BTW – she still does when she gets the chance!)
It seems my parents instilled these activities in me as I still love going for drives along the least traveled roads and now it is ME who can be found peering into old houses and abandoned buildings.
I give a deserving nod to my folks but I am dedicating this particular post to “Ghosts of North Dakota”. Although I’ve never met Troy Larson and Terry ‘Rat’ Hinnenkamp, they have given me inspiration and, more importantly, direction when it comes to actually being able to locate some great ghost towns in North Dakota. In my opinion, these two men have done a tremendous service to the state of North Dakota and its residents by photographically recording these former communities. Many of the buildings have already started to disappear and as time passes, more will be lost, to gravity, the elements, and vandalism.
If you have any interest whatsoever in ghost towns, old buildings and the history of North Dakota, please visit their website and…note… they have now published some of their works in a really beautiful and well-constructed book (available at their website Ghosts of North Dakota). You guys need to get an ISBN number and get that into the libraries!