Carlyle, Montana: Prairie Ghost Town

Carlyle, Montana: Prairie Ghost Town

There were once over two hundred people in Carlyle, Montana, but today it is a ghost town, just a green, largely treeless spot on the prairie, just inside the Montana/North Dakota border. We were on a trip that had included stops at Adelaide Country School in North Dakota and Devils Tower, too, when we decided to run over to Carlyle and see what we could see. The remains of the business district (visible in the background, behind the elevators) are secured on fenced and posted property, and are a shadow of the small town that once stood here.

Carlyle, Montana

Carlyle’s most visible remnant is the former school standing on a hill across the road from the elevators. It appears the present owner opened up one wall on the west side of the school to use in a ranching operation.

Carlyle, Montana



Carlyle, Montana

Carlyle is in Wibaux County, just inside the Montana/North Dakota border, a short drive south of Beach, North Dakota. There were several other homes in Carlyle, including one that looked as if someone might be using it part-time for a residence and/or workshop area, so we chose not to photograph it out of respect for the property owner.

Carlyle, Montana

Check out our post about another Montana ghost town — Mondak, Montana.

Carlyle, Montana

While the railbed is still visible in Carlyle, it’s still hard to imagine the days when tons of oiled-wood railroad ties and twin ribbons of steel carried rail cars full of grain through town. The ties and tracks were torn up long ago.

Carlyle, Montana

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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5 thoughts on “Carlyle, Montana: Prairie Ghost Town

  1. Some trains must have turned around at Carlyle. On Google Earth, the Y is very obvious. We had one at Watford City ND because we were the end of the line!!

    1. I worked for the BN railway, first car I ever rerailed was a air-dump on a bridge in Cartright N.D. I rerailed grain cars in Carlyle Mt. and a caboose laying on its side in Bowman N.D. close to the grain elevater.

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