The "Arena" is open...

June 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Ghost towns of North Dakota seems to be own new thing. We will either ride "Black Pearl" to locations or take the truck when needed but we are enjoying seeing sights that we would not normally think of finding otherwise.

Our next adventure took us the small town of Arena, North Dakota which is just west of the town of Wing. It has a nice setting along Harriot Lake and seems to have been only recently been abandoned. There is a set of grain elevators still standing with the log books still setting on the tables. Maybe you left a receipt there yourself a while back? There is a church, of course, that is barely hanging onto its foundation. Then there are also a couple houses still there and furniture still seems to be inside to some degree... I am not sure why but it is.

The weather was nice aside of having the ever present North Dakota breeze, 20 mph wind, to cool you off a little bit. The first course of action was to take a lunch break at Chat-n-Chew cafe in Wing before we got off to work in Arena. I recommend the Ham and Cheese sandwich... very tasty. The swallows greeted us when we arrived letting us know where their babies were nesting. Occasionally whispering in our ears sweet nothings when you got a little to close to their children... point taken. :-)

I do hope you go out to see it for yourself but be aware the structures are falling apart and I would not recommend going inside any of them anymore. The church seems to be looking for a slightly stronger wind to take it down for good. So get out there while they are still standing and experience it for yourself....

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