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Zell, South Dakota

Zell, South Dakota

Zell is a tiny town in South Dakota, straddling the county line between Faulk and Hand counties. This former convent and the neighboring church are featured in our book hardcover coffee table book, Churches of the High Plains.

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Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska is a tiny town in Knox County, in northeast Nebraska, with a population of 30 according to the 2010 Census.

Verdel, Nebraska

It was founded in a different spot some miles away, but Verdel boomed in 1902 when the Chicago & North Western railroad reached this spot in the rolling green prairie carpet near the junction of the Niobrara and the Missouri.

Verdel, Nebraska

Railroad passenger service lasted into the 50s and the last freight train went through Verdel in 1978.

Verdel, Nebraska

Nanza (Ponca Fort), a fortified village built by the Ponca in 1700, is nearby.

Verdel, Nebraska

This sewer opening was scary. Years of gutter runoff have widened the maw. A person could get swept right into this thing in a downpour if you lost your footing.

Verdel, Nebraska

Shooting Verdel reminded us a little bit of another place… Kathryn, North Dakota.

Verdel, Nebraska

We had only been in Verdel for a few minutes when a friendly lady stopped to see if we were looking for anything in particular. Terry told her we were just admiring some of the old buildings. She continued on to a home down the road and left us to our photos.

Verdel, Nebraska

This church was the first thing we photographed when we arrived in Verdel. The only things as good as huge, majestic churches are these tiny little sanctuaries.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Like many midwestern towns, the Verdel area suffered through serious flooding in 2011.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

These structures are all right along Highway 12, the main route through Verdel.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel is just down the road from another very impressive near-ghost town, Monowi, Nebraska.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

David R Morgan American Legion Post 223.

Verdel, Nebraska

The old school waits on the hill.

Verdel, Nebraska

Only the slab remains from some long gone structure.

Verdel, Nebraska

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



Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

This is Arena, North Dakota, a true ghost town, as photographed by our friend Maya Greywolf.

Arena, North Dakota

We first photographed Arena, in Burleigh County, North Dakota, northeast of Bismarck, in 2005 for our partner site — GhostsofNorthDakota.com.

Arena, North Dakota

You can see a lot more from Maya’s explorations at her website: Imayagination

Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

Arena, North Dakota

Photos by Maya Greywolf
Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Brown Earth Church and Cemetery

Brown Earth Church and Cemetery

Brown Earth Church and Cemetery was built in 1877 and was the first church in Grant County, South Dakota. This was my primary destination when I went exploring abandoned places one weekend. It’s not far from I29 and I would highly recommed you stop for a visit if you’re ever passing through.

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