Backroads America: Auburn, ND

When The Railroad Passes By

In 1883, a post office was established in Auburn, an unincorporated community in Walsh County, North Dakota. Founded on the windswept prairie in the northeast corner of North Dakota, Auburn is about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. At one time Auburn had two hotels, a hardware store, a general store, seven saloons, a school, a church, a saddle maker, and many other businesses. In the winter of 1888/89, much of the business area was destroyed by fire. With the construction of the railroad, business activity shifted to nearby Grafton, and the town’s population dwindled. The post office remained in operation until 1943.  As of the 2010 census, the population was 48. Ancestors of one of my sisters-in-law helped settle Auburn and farmed in the area. Her family still has a house in Auburn and farm land in the surrounding countryside.

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Backroads America: Vintage Alaska

North To Alaska, Going North the Rush is On

Vintage Truck, Rural Interior Alaska

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Independence Celebration: US Military Academy at West Point, NY

West Point Concert

The Independence Weekend concert and fireworks at Trophy Point on the West Point campus. The US Army West Point band and singers performed. It was a fabulous evening with the Hudson River Valley as the backdrop. Great fireworks to end the evening.

The new Class of 2023 cadets, 1201 strong, marched in. They are in the white shirts in front of the stage. It was the end of their first week of training.

On the Road Again: Columbia County, NY

Sunset

Backroads America: More Alaska Wildflowers

June Blooms, Interior Alaska

Blue Wild Iris/Blue Flag

White Wild Iris, rare

Twin Flowers

Columbine

Elegant Paintbrush (??)

Vetch

Backroads America: Alaska Summertime

4:30 AM, June 15

Land of the summertime midnight sun.

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