US 10: Vanishing Lost Highway

US 10: Vanishing Lost Highway

This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes.  It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.

Old Highway 10

Old Highway 10

Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic.  These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.

Old Highway 10

Through every crack in the pavement, nature intrudes.

Old Highway 10

The hike through here is effortless and the photo opportunities in the fall are incredible.  I had to ask around on my Facebook for directions, but it was pretty easy to find with a little help from Google Earth.

Old Highway 10

We photographed another lost highway near Bagley, and one in North Dakota, created by a man-made flood.

Old Highway 10

In another century, this highway will be virtually indistinguishable from the landscape.

Old Highway 10

This visit to the lost highway was in the fall of 2010 and I was unaware of a deeper history waiting to be discovered.  In the spring of 2011, we would find out this was much more than simply a closed section of blacktop.  Continue the story here.

Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

10 thoughts on “US 10: Vanishing Lost Highway

  1. There is a similarly cut off section of US 2 near Bagley – you will find it by taking the turnoff to the airport there.

  2. Do you know the Lost Bridge? I have no idea if other people called it that, but my parents did. Somewhere in western ND there was in the 1950s a nice bridge that helped a gravel road cross a creek. My parents took us camping there and we never saw another person near by. the story was that Senator Langer got the $$ for this bridge in the federal budget, perhaps to help one rancher.

  3. Would you happen to have coordinates for where it is visible from the highway? I am interested in taking my friends here to get some photos.

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