Last Days in Tenney

Last Days in Tenney

Tenney, in southern Wilkin county near the tri-state North Dakota/South Dakota/Minnesota junction, came to my attention when I saw a story on the news about how they had voted to dissolve, officially shedding the “town” designation.  I took a short trip one day to catch a few photos and see this vanishing place for myself.

Tenney, Minnesota



Tenney, Minnesota

These photos were taken in 2011. Purely by coincidence, we found ourselves in Tenney again 364 days later and the buildings shown directly above and below were both gone. No idea what happened to them. Even the highway sign “Tenney Pop 6” had been taken down.

Tenney, Minnesota

Tenney, Minnesota

The sign said population 6, but it was soon to be zero.

Tenney, Minnesota

Read more on Tenney in the Star Tribune.

Photos by Troy Larson, Copyright © Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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9 thoughts on “Last Days in Tenney

  1. There is a Hollywood Mn next to New Germany MN. There is also some small town next to Winstead but I forgot the name of it. I think it still has a bar.

  2. My Dad grew up in Tenney in the 30’s. It was a ghost town as far back as I can remember although my siblings have fond memories. We used to attend Tenney Days which was fun for me as a child. It is sad now that it is almost all gone.

  3. Your last photo, the one of the home, I believe is the A. O. Wittman home; the home of my grandparents, father, tow uncles and an aunt..

  4. I was told that back in the day when “Ma Barker” robbed the bank in Wahpeton, ND that the get away car was dumped in Tenney and they jumped on the train! If its true I have no idea!

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