Erik Jonasson II | THE SPECTRUM Cathay, North Dakota once had a population of 250, but now lays mostly abandoned. A green F-150 pickup truck rode up to City Hall after I had appeared, making the rocks under the…

Sherbrooke, N.D., had it all. And then it lost everything. The Steele County town began settlement in 1881, named after a Quebecois village. Sherbrooke became the county seat in 1885 as settlers flocked to the town. Its courthouse was…

Pickled cabbage was the namesake for a defensive sod fort built in 1890 near Hebron, N.D. The fort was perhaps the most extreme reaction to rumors of Sioux sweeping west from the Standing Rock Reservation, though no attacks ever…