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All the Small Places in North Dakota

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Over the past ten years, photographer Andrew Filer has photographed every single named place in the state of North Dakota. From cities and towns to unincorporated places, ghost towns, and the wide, empty spaces between, he visited more than 875 locations across this sparsely populated state. Filer's project is called Everydot, as in "every dot on the map." He's already covered all the named places in North Dakota, and is well on his way through Minnesota, Washington state, and parts of western Canada. He was kind enough to allow me to share some of his North Dakota collection here. Be sure to check out Filer's Kickstarter project, where he's raising funds to continue his trips and publish two books of his photographs. [38 photos]

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The Scandia Valley Church, in West Bonetraill, North Dakota, part of photographer Andrew Filer's "Everydot" project. (© Andrew Filer)
The Scandia Valley Church, in West Bonetraill, North Dakota, part of photographer Andrew Filer's "Everydot" project. (© Andrew Filer)
Rolling hills near Donnybrook, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Fairmount, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Flooding near Minnewaukan, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
A pronghorn looks up, near Heil, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
An intersection in Hampden, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Williston, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Corinth, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Thelan, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Youngtown, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Wabek, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Mose, North Dakota. On July 12, 1943, a destructive tornado followed by a massive thunderstorm hit this area, destroying most of the buildings in town, which was not rebuilt. (© Andrew Filer) #
Tolna, North Dakota, population 166. (© Andrew Filer) #
Tolley, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
A mural in Park River, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
An abandoned church in Heil, North Dakota. The sign reads "No Trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again." (© Andrew Filer) #
Kaiser, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Railroad cars stretch to the horizon near an abandoned farmhouse in Hong, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
The Traill County courthouse in Hillsboro, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Lowell, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
The City Hall of Lehr, North Dakota, population 80. (© Andrew Filer) #
The ruins of a school in Verendrye, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
A deer runs through a field near Hong, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Banks, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Storefronts in Wahpeton, North Dakota. The building in the middle, formerly The National Bank, is now a gold & silver exchange. (© Andrew Filer) #
Hamar, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Westfield, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
The Winger Chees building in Towner, North Dakota. In 2003, Winger Cheese closed down after more than 40 years in business, due to diminished milk production. (© Andrew Filer) #
Deerheart Lodge, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Bentley, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Hanks, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Otter Creek, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
A four-story structure in Ashley, North Dakota, population 749. (© Andrew Filer) #
Howard, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
A storefront in Turtle Lake, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Vang, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Golden Valley, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #
Dual railroad tracks near Oswald, North Dakota. (© Andrew Filer) #

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