A few weeks ago I headed out one extremely rainy September morning to conduct site visits for several of our 2009-2010 Grassroots Grant projects. My route took me close to a few past projects and some new areas, so I stopped in on them as well. It was wonderful to see the current projects and talk with the local champions who did the heavy lifting - it's always inspiring! But, after 14 hours and 593 miles (round-trip!), I was happy to be home again.
If you've never been to the small town of Manfred, ND, you should really make it a point to go. It's located along ND Highway 52 between Fessenden and Harvey. When you first pull in, head to what's known locally as the Melby-Rogness House, which is the headquarters of Manfred's museum complex. Several nonprofits have incorporated under PND's Local Affiliate Program to save various architectural gems and dedicate them into the museum complex. It truly is an authentic settler's village.
Rural Vestige Alliance, one of Manfred's four nonprofits, received a $2500 2009 Prairie Places Grassroots Grant from PND to assist with roof repair and new shingles for the Manfred School and Solheim House.
|Hotel Johnson's boardwalk - Manfred|
|Hotel Johnson - Manfred|
While in Manfred, I learned that both grain elevators in town are currently threatened. The eastern most elevator is slated for demolition this fall. The western elevator is for sale, and while everyone is hoping for the best, it too will likely be lost in the near future. Manfred's landscape will be forever changed.
|East Elevator - Manfred|
|West Elevator - Manfred|
|West Side Drive In - Grafton|
Once popular, drive ins are quickly disappearing from our cities and towns. More research is needed, but I thought this Grafton drive in was charming!
|Twin Strand Theatre - Grafton|
This was my first trip through Grafton, and I was truly impressed with the town. Movie theatres have been the topic of much discussion lately, and so I've added this one to our photo collection.