This is a closed section of Old Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes. It was bypassed and abandoned when Highway 10 was widened and improved.
Terry and I made a trip to the “Lost Highway’ in May of 2011. The buds were just barely showing on the trees after a cold spring. Within moments of our arrival, the owner showed up, graciously gave us permission to photograph the property, and clued us in to the history of the place.
This section of old highway 10 is one of the last remnants of a railroad stop known as McHugh, Minnesota. He also told us one of the final standing structures from the town that was once McHugh collapsed in the winter of 2010 under heavy snow.
A vacant home stares down the railroad tracks from a ridge overlooking McHugh.
I had explored this part of the Lost Highway before, in the fall of 2010. You can see the pictures from that visit here. However I was unaware there was another section of Old Highway 10 yet to be photographed. See it in part two.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC