Soooo... here we go on another Ghost Town adventure. This time we decided to try a town we heard was rebuilding the way it used to look. The buildings are being redone one at a time but still has a long way to go though. The town we are talking about is Manfred North Dakota. If you travel to highway 52, on the eastern end of it, you will find it right along the highway. We took that route to go through Fessenden and headed west to Manfred.
Along our way we had a little surprise... every few miles we saw signs that said only "QUACK" on them in different ways until we got to Bowdon which was having it's "Duckfest" celebration. President Donald J Trump was there to greet us and we took a couple photos to seal the deal with him. Bowdon had a kids play carnival going on, food area like all Midwest events have and some vendors to spend your hard earned money on. All in all a good family time was being had there.
We did finally get to Manfred after our stay in Bowdon and the town was in a lot better shape, construction wise, than we had expected. They are really doing a good job on restoring the town. We took some pictures of the structures in the area along with some classic cars that are sitting around in disrepair. They are always one of my favorite things to shoot when I am out so that was nice to find. It is safe to say Kris did have a better outing with her camera than I did this day even though I though I did pretty well myself. As usual it was overcast outside so lighting was a bit of an issue but we went with it and got some good photos anyway.
On our way back home we saw an opportunity to stop at an area we had heard about called Lincoln Valley. It was a bit of an adventure to find considering there were no markings aside from one saying; Lincoln Valley Rd ----> That was not much help so we ended up taking one farm road, passing one family in a truck looking at us like "What in thee hell are they doing here?", and a lot of gravel roads to get to the destination. This town does not have much left to speak of but a few of the structures were still partially standing so we got some of them and a few photos of each other as well... one turning into our new business card in the process.
So, all in all the trip turned out to be a very good one and if you have the time please do go to Manfred and see how interesting that little town is and take a few shots while you are at it. :-)