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A coffee table book featuring photos, history, and stories about North Dakota's ghost towns and abandoned places.

Since 2003, Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, radio personalities from Fargo, have been traveling the back highways of North Dakota, photographing ghost towns, near-ghost towns, and abandoned places.  

North Dakota is one of the most sparsely populated states in the nation, and home to an aging population. 

An abandoned house on the hill overlooking Balfour.
An abandoned house on the hill overlooking Balfour.

It has been a project to not only capture beautiful photos, but to photographically document North Dakota's disappearing places before they're lost to the sands of time.  Churches, homes, schools, pioneer farmsteads, ghost towns, and landmarks.

All that remains of the town that was once Deisem, North Dakota
All that remains of the town that was once Deisem, North Dakota

Troy and Terry have chronicled their journey at their website, GhostsofNorthDakota.com, and the website has become a hub for people to tell their stories and share their memories.

Troy and Terry believe in virtual, photographic preservation.  In places where actual, historic preservation isn't possible or realistic, photos and shared memories are the next best thing.  

The steeple on this church collapsed one year after this photo was taken.
The steeple on this church collapsed one year after this photo was taken.

The most common comment they've received on their project is: "Where can I get the book?"  Well, the truth is, Troy and Terry have been unable to fund a book.  They met with a printer and got a quote, and had sticker shock. Even a small book with a soft cover was well into the thousands of dollars. And a hardcover book, which is what they really wanted to do, was over ten thousand dollars.

That's where you come in. Your donation will help fund a coffee table book featuring the best photos from the Ghosts of North Dakota project, along with observations from the photographers, interesting historical facts, and memories and comments from residents of these forgotten places.  Visit the website at GhostsofNorthDakota.com and see for yourself the work they've put in to this project.

The guys have accumulated more than enough content for multiple books, and your generous donation could be the one that puts this project over the top and gets the ball rolling on what could become an ongoing series of books, just in time for the tenth anniversary of the project. Please consider making a donation today!  Thank you!

The former Appam State Bank in Appam, North Dakota.
The former Appam State Bank in Appam, North Dakota.

If you're unable to make a pledge, you can still help by spreading the word about this project!  Please share this address: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1035155599/ghosts-of-north-dakota-the-book on your social media pages! Thank you

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    Get three postcards featuring North Dakota ghost towns or abandoned places, plus we'll select and send one 8 x 10 glossy photo print of an abandoned North Dakota place.

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    Receive three postcards featuring photos from North Dakota's ghost towns, PLUS Troy and Terry will plot YOUR ghost town trip. Tell them your starting point and how far you're willing to travel, and they'll plot a trip for you!

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    Get your name listed as a donor on the Thank You page of the book. Get a copy signed by the photographers, Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp. (Book will be delivered by March of 2013) Plus, Troy and Terry will travel to the North Dakota town of your choice (population must be under 100) and photograph it for feature on the website by the end of the 2013 season.

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