Wheelock, North Dakota

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Ghost town
Abandoned schoolhouse in Wheelock
Abandoned schoolhouse in Wheelock
Wheelock is located in North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°17′47″N 103°15′09″W / 48.29639°N 103.25250°W / 48.29639; -103.25250Coordinates: 48°17′47″N 103°15′09″W / 48.29639°N 103.25250°W / 48.29639; -103.25250
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Williams
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Wheelock is a ghost town in Wheelock Township, Williams County, in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. In 1938, the Federal Writers' Project found a population of 115 in Wheelock.[1] In the 1990 census, the population was 23. The town was disincorporated in 1994,[2] and now is reverting to the elements.

Wheelock was founded in 1902 along the transcontinental rail line of the Great Northern Railway. The name comes from Ralph W. Wheelock, an editorial writer with the Minneapolis Tribune who wrote favorably about the site.[3]

Unlike some ghost towns, Wheelock's homes, churches, and commercial buildings have the look of just recently being occupied. The paint is peeling, but it is still there. The grass is green, although it is not mowed. The roof of the two-story brick schoolhouse has caved in, carrying with it the back wall and exposing the four classrooms and the gymnasium roof girder. The town garage stands empty. A handful of commercial buildings and the church appear almost as if they could be occupied—but are unoccupied and deteriorating. The railroad track, now owned by BNSF Railway, still runs through town. Wheelock remains the location of a passing siding.[4] The grain elevator stands empty by the tracks. The general store burned down in 2005.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 115
1940 94 −18.3%
1950 101 7.4%
1960 82 −18.8%
1970 21 −74.4%
1980 34 61.9%
1990 23 −32.4%
U.S. Decennial Census


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Wheelock has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State. WPA. pp. 258–259. ISBN 978-1-62376-033-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.polidata.org/pub/maps/bc2000/nd_geochg.pdf
  3. ^ Wick, Douglas A. "Wheelock (Williams County)". North Dakota Place Names. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Glasgow Subdivision". BNSF Montana Division Timetable (7 ed.). BNSF Railway. 2007. p. 18. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Wheelock, North Dakota