Tabor, MN

Tabor, MN

Tabor is about 20 miles northeast of East Grand Forks in Polk County and is considered part of the Grand Forks metropolitan survey area.  Tabor has never been home to a railroad, a rarity in the flat plains of this part of Minnesota.  Tabor was settled beginning in 1877, primarily by Czech farmers and their families.   This area was once the bottom of glacial Lake Agassiz and is some of the most fertile farm land in the world.  You can read a lot more about Tabor’s history here.

As it is, Tabor is a tiny town bisected by a two-lane highway with several abandoned structures on each side of the road.  The population of the township is around 120, and Tabor appeared to have perhaps 10 or 20 of those residents.

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

Tabor, Minnesota

We were a bit puzzled by this nursery, which looks as though someone had big plans, got it all set up with a couple hundred potted plants ready for sale, and abruptly gave it up.  All the plants still sit in their pots out in the front parking lot.  They must have been there for some time because some had weeds growing out of them, and the the greenhouses look like they may have fallen victim to a windstorm or something.  We’d love to hear the story if anybody knows…

Tabor, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC


19 thoughts on “Tabor, MN

  1. Hi I grew up in Tabor and now live 1 mile west. The nursery owners actually live just east of the location you show. They do mostly landscaping now. My parents live just east of the Catholic Church. Would be happy to answer any questions.

  2. My family grew up in Tabor . . . my dad was John Grega. I know the Chevanok?? lived in one of those houses that are pictured. It is a town that I avoid, as my cousin was raped and left to die in a field across from the Catholic Church. Don’t like going through this town and avoid it at all cost!

    1. I remember that. Tabor was a booming town way back. If u go further back it had 3 brs. Hard to believe. I also grew up 2 miles east

  3. My dad (Frank Vasek) grew up in Tabor, I remember visiting my grandfather there. Sad that it is a “ghost town” now.

  4. I knew some of the Vasek’s from Tabor as well. I had never been there and didn’t realize it was nothing more than a few abandoned buildings now. Great shots.

  5. My Mom’s family (Novacek) farmed outside Tabor; then my parents met at a dance in Tabor and were married at the Catholic Church. Wedding dance at the old dance hall, now down and replaced. Names of people (above comments) are familiar sounding names I’ve heard. My grandparents are buried at the Tabor cemetary, so I stop in once in a while when visiting in NW MN. I grew up near Warren.

  6. My great-grandfather Lars Johnson was postmaster in Tabor in 1903. He must have been one of the few Norwegian families.

  7. Tabor is really a “ghost town” there is maybe 10 people that live there its pretty empty but there are some people that live there and there are 2 churches. Tabor is a really cool place once you’ve been there or seen it before in person!! (:

    >>shelby<<

  8. My mother grew up in tabor! Her parents house is still there, now occupied by my cousin. My grandparents were the Kotrbas. Gert and Ludvik. I miss them.
    I love tabor! So peaceful.

  9. The Martines owned the Tabor Nursery until they bought the Garden Center in Warren, about ten miles northeast. The lutheran church land and cemetery was donated by my great-great grandfather in the 1890’s. They also owned a bank, store, and bar in Tabor. One of the bars was run out of the Vasek basement, which may be the black and white image of a house with overgrown foliage. One of the other houses was the Chervanok house.

    1. My grandparents were the Chervenak’s. Andrew and Susie. Uncles John and George lived in the house until John passed and George eventually moved to Warren, Landmark Apts. and has also passed on. My mother was Mary who passed on in December of last year at 94 years of age. Lots of wonderful family memories with family and cousins visiting from Minneapolis in the summers up in Tabor!

  10. I’m looking for a family who grew up in the Tabor area. There were 2 girls and a boy, I believe. I think they farmed. The oldest girl I believe would have graduated around 1960. The other 2 are younger. Bohemian (Czech) descent. Can anyone put a name to this family?

  11. Looking for Susan, daughter of Merle and Edna Arnold. She married Dennis something. She had some brothers…Steve, Randal, Todd and a sister Janine.
    Anyone have a last name for her now?

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