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