On The Eighth Day of Christmas…A Ghosts of North Dakota Gift Pack

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The 12 Days of Christmas is back and today’s giveaway is a must for anyone who is a fan of beautiful photography, North Dakota history or the quiet rhythm of rural life.

Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp are Fargo-based photographers, writers and amateur historians who lovingly document the dignified decay of prairie ghost towns, serene country scenes and rural landmarks for their website, Ghosts of North Dakota.

Photo by Ghosts of North Dakota

I met Terry and Troy back when we all worked in radio together. In those days, this site was a weekend project for them. It’s been fascinating to watch their mission and their scope grow into a media and publishing powerhouse that now covers multiple states.

Their work has galvanized a community of people across the world who are equally passionate about documenting and preserving abandoned places, supporting isolated communities and digging into often overlooked portions of local history. Their readers offer their own tips, photos and historical tidbits, which makes the comments section as interesting as the posts.

The Ghosts of North Dakota website is full of local lore, legends and eye-cathching photos. It’s organized by location, so it’s a valuable resource for anyone interested in North Dakota history or genealogy. And don’t be surprised if you find your own connections to one of the places Troy and Terry have covered.

Photo by Ghosts of North Dakota

I found this out firsthand. It turns out that Omemee, one of the towns my grandfather and his family lived in during the depression, is now a true ghost town. And ghostsofnorthdakota.com is pretty much the only place I’ve ever found information about it.

Some of the most compelling stories and photos have been compiled into lovely coffee table books that are available for purchase through the site’s store. You can also find gorgeous prints and postcards, as well as other gifts like jigsaw puzzles, tin signs and coffee.

Photo by Ghosts of North Dakota

Today’s Giveaway:
You can win a Ghosts of North Dakota Gift Package worth $160. It includes some of the site’s most popular gift items, including all three “Ghosts of North Dakota” books, a pound of coffee, scenic postcards, a retro tin sign and a North Dakota license plate.

Enter to win using the entry form shown below. There are lots of ways to play and you can enter multiple times a day. The contest closes December 14 at 11:59 p.m.. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on December 15. This contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world.

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Each comment, social media share or Tweet counts as a separate entry and comments below this post earn you two entries each. That means you can enter multiple times a day to increase your odds of winning, no matter how you’re viewing this post.

Photo by Ghosts of North Dakota

Ghosts of North Dakota is just one of the vendors featured on  The Local Christmas List, a collection of some of my favorite small businesses, artists and vendors from the Upper Midwest. This is a great read if you want to shop small this season. And most vendors will ship anywhere you need your gifts to go, so don’t be afraid to ask.

If you haven’t already read about yesterday’s giveaway, be sure to enter to win some cool, crafty goodness from Fargo vintage vendors. And check back here tomorrow night for a shot at a prize from a brand new participant in the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.

What do you love about Ghosts of North Dakota’s work? What do you think of the books and website? What ghost towns and rural landscapes do you love? Which sites do you want to visit in 2016?

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11 Replies to “On The Eighth Day of Christmas…A Ghosts of North Dakota Gift Pack”

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I love seeing the history. It’s a bit bittersweet, seeing some of the homes and buildings slowly falling apart though! ND really is a beautiful state!

  2. Love reading about the different ghost towns and really enjoy the pics…I do a lot of photography myself…so have learned a few things about taking pics just looking at yours…I didn’t realize there were so many ghost towns in ND…I was born and raised in a little town south central ND…Selfridge..Left there in 1960 when I graduated from high
    school..keep up the good work..thank you.

  3. I love the attention to detail revealed in the books. These photos are fantastic and do an excellent job of preserving an important part of our history.

  4. I’m going to have to look this up. Every time I drive by an abandoned farmhouse, barn, or other ND structure, I wonder what the story must have been.

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