I Grew Up In a Ghost Town…..

I don't know if many of you know this but Sharlene Hensrud and I (also Sharlene) have a lot in common.

Besides the fact that we are both Sharlene's spelled with an 'S' (not common) we both grew up in North Dakota! Now I went to a very large school. Two whole rooms! Sharlene on the other hand went to a tiny one room school.

She however had indoor plumbing, I was not so lucky!

I don't know what Sharlene's hometown looks like today but mine literally is a Ghost Town.

Do you ever see pictures of those deserted towns or drive through one on your way somewhere important and think to yourself:

"I wonder who lived here?" 




"I wonder what it was like…..did they have dreams for themselves?"




Well I do know who lived there…… I did. Here is my childhood home in the middle of the town on Main Street!





Kind of weird to say those words, "I Grew Up In a Ghost Town" but I did.

Oh of course when I lived there it wasn't a ghost town. It was a booming metropolis of 52 (including cats and dogs).  It had a bar (my best friend Nancy's Dad owned the bar):




It had a post office (we lived right across the street):





It had a town hall where I danced standing on my Dad's feet and holding onto his belt loops:




It had my two room school house (no longer standing) that closed after I finished second grade so there was no longer a school in town.

 It had a grocery store run by Elmer and Francis and they lived above the store.

We lived right next to them on Main Street.

 Do you want to know what it was like?




It was normal.

Well….I didn't know any different so I thought it was normal.


I thought going to the outhouse during recess was normal.




I thought going to the pump in the center of town to pump water for cooking and drinking was normal.

Didn't everyone do that?   I did…..many times a day.




I thought playing on the railroad tracks and in the dirt were normal.


So, "Who lived here?" I did…..     "What was it like?"…….it was normal, it was all I knew.




The next time you drive through or see pictures of a Ghost Town think of me. Some of the ghosts are still alive.



Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer



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Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine. Another Sharlene from North Dakota, Shar and Sharlene knew they were destined to work together when they first met! She has been blogging here and helping bring out the best in the homes of Sharlene's sellers since 2011.

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