Only Memories Now
Since Terry and I have began photographing North Dakota's abandoned places in 2003, we've been constantly aware that the places we photograph are likely to vanish, sometimes sooner than you expect. Some examples:
The Opp House in Lincoln Valley, ND. We photographed this house in 2004. It was razed in 2009.
About a year after we photographed this church in Bentley, the steeple collapsed. The rest of the roof probably won't last much longer.
These three storefronts in Heaton have been razed since we first photographed them in 2004. Heaton is down to one resident, and the rest of it's structures will probably not last many more years.
Above is the former gymnasium in Fillmore, North Dakota, and on the left is a space someone had been using as an auto shop. Below is a photo of the bar and a former storefront on the main street in Fillmore. All of these structures are now gone due to fire.
We've learned from the experience of photographing these places, and every time we take a trip, we're quite aware we may be photographing a place for the last time.
Ghosts of North Dakota: The Book will preserve the memory of places like this in a hardbound book -- a physical medium. It's 55% funded but we have a long way to go, and we're approaching the weekend, when pledges slow down dramatically. Please consider making a pledge today!
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