Friday, July 29, 2005

Hoboes No Longer Welcome in Ward County, N. D.

From the Grand Forks (N. D.) Herald of July 29, 2005:

Historical Board gives OK to raze Ward County poor house


Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Historical Board has voted to allow the demolition of a 95-year-old poor house south of Minot.

The board on Friday "looked at everything from other uses to moving it, but could not find anything reasonable or realistic," said Merl Paaverud, director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

And, he said, "there is no money."


The poor house was slated for demolition in June, but the Historical Society ordered a temporary halt.

The more than 5,000-square-foot home was built in 1910 to house poor farmers and drifters. Historians say it is the last of eight such facilities that remain in the state.


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For more on the history of poorhouses, see The Poorhouse Story.

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