Schafer, North Dakota

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Schafer
Unincorporated area
Fenceline allow a road in Schafer
Fenceline allow a road in Schafer
Schafer is located in North Dakota
Schafer
Schafer
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°47′58″N 103°11′12″W / 47.79944°N 103.18667°W / 47.79944; -103.18667Coordinates: 47°47′58″N 103°11′12″W / 47.79944°N 103.18667°W / 47.79944; -103.18667
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McKenzie
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Schafer is an unincorporated area and the former county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States. It faded into obscurity after the county seat was moved south to Watford City, and is now a ghost town.

The farm of Albert and Lulia Haven was located just to the north of Schafer, and it was there, in 1930, that Charles Bannon is believed to have murdered them both, along with their four children; for this he became the last man in the state of North Dakota to be lynched. The only remaining sign of the town is the old county jail, from which Bannon was dragged by the lynch mob on the night of his death.

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