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Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota

Lockhart, Minnesota is a near-ghost town in Norman County, Minnesota.  It’s an unincorporated community with just a few residents, but home to what was once a very impressive school.  There were several volumes of a book called “The History of Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota: Their People, Their Industries and Institutions” by John Turner and C.K. Semling published around 1918 with fairly detailed histories on most of the early settlers in the area.  There are a lot of family names in the book that genealogists might find helpful.

Lockhart, Minnesota

A word of caution: a very large, very heavy section of roof hangs precariously overhead in the front entry of this school. We would not recommend anyone explore the interior.

Lockhart, Minnesota

Just inside the front door

Just inside the front door

A classroom

A classroom

Lockhart, Minnesota

It's hoppin' downtown

It’s hoppin’ downtown

Lockhart Public School

Lockhart Public School

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


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