• Northcote, Minnesota

    Northcote, Minnesota

    Northcote, Minnesota is a tiny little roadside town along Highway 75 in Kittson County.  It was founded as a center of commerce for the surrounding farms and has slowly dwindled in population over the years.  Northcote was founded on the Hill Siding, a railroad siding named after railroad magnate James. J. Hill.  The largest of […]

  • Noyes, Minnesota

    No Entry: Noyes, Minnesota

    Noyes, Minnesota is the most northwestern settlement in Minnesota.  It sits right on the Canadian border, and just across the Red River from Pembina, North Dakota, two miles west.  Although there are inhabited farmsteads in the area, there are very few residents (we only saw two inhabited places) in the actual town, largely due to […]

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    Split Rock Lighthouse

    Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park of the same name are about 40 minutes northeast of Duluth, just down the highway from Two Harbors.  It is a very enjoyable stop on the North Shore of Lake Superior, highly recommended if you’re in the area. This is the former staff housing and restored lighthouse keeper’s […]

  • Comstock School

    Return to Comstock

    On our way back into Moorhead from a trip in July of 2012, we stopped in Comstock.  Rat wasn’t able to come along when I visited in 2011, so this was the perfect opportunity for him to get some pics of the school.  We found it much the same as it was in 2011, except […]

  • Ortonville

    Lunch in Ortonville

    We stopped for lunch in Ortonville during our trip to photograph some places in July of 2012, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to to shoot a few places in such a beautiful little town. Ortonville is a small resort town of about two thousand nestled on the southern shore of Big Stone Lake, […]

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    Interstate Bridge

    This is what remains of the Interstate Bridge between Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.  It has been converted to a public fishing pier.  Built in 1897, the Interstate Bridge was the first bridge to span the bay between Duluth and Superior.  It was originally a rail and wagon bridge with a swing span in the center, and […]

  • Old Highway 10

    The Lost Highway

    This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes.  It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.  Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic.  These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.  The hike through here is effortless and the […]

  • Lockhart, Minnesota

    Lockhart, Minnesota

    Lockhart, Minnesota is a near-ghost town in Norman County, Minnesota.  It’s an unincorporated community with just a few residents, but home to what was once a very impressive school.  There were several volumes of a book called “The History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Their Industries and Institutions” by John Turner and […]

  • Sundal, Minnesota

    Sundal, Minnesota

    Sundal, Minnesota is in Norman County and notable for two striking structures of entirely different character.  Sundal is a loose knit collection of farmsteads with a reported population around twenty.  On the east end, the abdandoned creamery — the building with the smokestack you see below.  On the west end, the beautiful Sundal Lutheran Church. […]

  • Melvin, Minnesota

    Melvin, Minnesota

    Melvin, Minnesota is in Polk County, about 14 miles southeast of Crookston, and is something of an enigma.  There is very little written history of Melvin to be found online, but the physical remains tell the story of a place which was once significant in the lives of a small number of Minnesotans.  There appear […]

  • Tabor, Minnesota

    Tabor, MN

    Tabor is about 20 miles northeast of East Grand Forks in Polk County and is considered part of the Grand Forks metropolitan survey area.  Tabor has never been home to a railroad, a rarity in the flat plains of this part of Minnesota.  Tabor was settled beginning in 1877, primarily by Czech farmers and their […]

  • Orleans, Minnesota

    Trespassing in Orleans, Minnesota

    Orleans is a crumbling near-ghost town in Kittson County in northwestern Minnesota.  The population appears to be less than a handful.  The town site has been thoroughly littered with junk and old machinery throughout.  When we visited Orleans, a woman approached us on an ATV with two large barking dogs on the back and promptly […]

  • St. Vincent, Minnesota

    St. Vincent, Minnesota

    St. Vincent, Minnesota is located in Kittson County, in the far northwestern corner of the state, not far from another town we’ve visited — Noyes.  It is just across the Red River from Pembina, North Dakota.  A visitor on our Facebook page has kept after us to visit St. Vincent and we’re happy to say […]

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Northcote, Minnesota

Northcote, Minnesota

Northcote, Minnesota is a tiny little roadside town along Highway 75 in Kittson County.  It was founded as a center of commerce for the surrounding farms and has slowly dwindled in population over the years.  Northcote was founded on the Hill Siding, a railroad siding named after railroad magnate James. J. Hill.  The largest of […]

Noyes, Minnesota

No Entry: Noyes, Minnesota

Noyes, Minnesota is the most northwestern settlement in Minnesota.  It sits right on the Canadian border, and just across the Red River from Pembina, North Dakota, two miles west.  Although there are inhabited farmsteads in the area, there are very few residents (we only saw two inhabited places) in the actual town, largely due to […]

split-rock-feature

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse and the state park of the same name are about 40 minutes northeast of Duluth, just down the highway from Two Harbors.  It is a very enjoyable stop on the North Shore of Lake Superior, highly recommended if you’re in the area. This is the former staff housing and restored lighthouse keeper’s […]

Comstock School

Return to Comstock

On our way back into Moorhead from a trip in July of 2012, we stopped in Comstock.  Rat wasn’t able to come along when I visited in 2011, so this was the perfect opportunity for him to get some pics of the school.  We found it much the same as it was in 2011, except […]

Ortonville

Lunch in Ortonville

We stopped for lunch in Ortonville during our trip to photograph some places in July of 2012, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to to shoot a few places in such a beautiful little town. Ortonville is a small resort town of about two thousand nestled on the southern shore of Big Stone Lake, […]

ib-feature

Interstate Bridge

This is what remains of the Interstate Bridge between Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.  It has been converted to a public fishing pier.  Built in 1897, the Interstate Bridge was the first bridge to span the bay between Duluth and Superior.  It was originally a rail and wagon bridge with a swing span in the center, and […]

Old Highway 10

The Lost Highway

This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes.  It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.  Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic.  These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.  The hike through here is effortless and the […]

Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota is a near-ghost town in Norman County, Minnesota.  It’s an unincorporated community with just a few residents, but home to what was once a very impressive school.  There were several volumes of a book called “The History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Their Industries and Institutions” by John Turner and […]

Sundal, Minnesota

Sundal, Minnesota

Sundal, Minnesota is in Norman County and notable for two striking structures of entirely different character.  Sundal is a loose knit collection of farmsteads with a reported population around twenty.  On the east end, the abdandoned creamery — the building with the smokestack you see below.  On the west end, the beautiful Sundal Lutheran Church. […]

Melvin, Minnesota

Melvin, Minnesota

Melvin, Minnesota is in Polk County, about 14 miles southeast of Crookston, and is something of an enigma.  There is very little written history of Melvin to be found online, but the physical remains tell the story of a place which was once significant in the lives of a small number of Minnesotans.  There appear […]

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, MN

Tabor is about 20 miles northeast of East Grand Forks in Polk County and is considered part of the Grand Forks metropolitan survey area.  Tabor has never been home to a railroad, a rarity in the flat plains of this part of Minnesota.  Tabor was settled beginning in 1877, primarily by Czech farmers and their […]