Tiny ND Town Will Swell Saturday for CentennialHARLOW, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Only 15 people call the town home now, but dozens more are coming back to tiny Harlow, ND, this weekends for its 100th birthday.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
HARLOW, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Only 15 people call the town home now, but dozens more are coming back to tiny Harlow, ND, this weekends for its 100th birthday.
Harlow was a thriving town of 120 people in the 1930s. Just because the people are gone doesn't mean the history is.
People have come from as far away as Arizona and Alabama to wish Harlow a happy birthday this weekend.
The town was once a bustling community with a grocery store, barber shop and railroad. The only business left is a grain elevator.
But all that history will be front and center this weekend, with parades, a makeshift museum and the dedication of a bell from the original Harlow school built in 1914.
The centennial celebrations bring back memories of small-town living that people may have forgotten.
"I've been gone from Harlow a long time until a year ago. You forget about the small towns and what they mean and what values and what they give to you. I think everyone remembers that when they think about coming back," area resident Tammy Meyer said.
The festivities will also help raise money to repair the Harlow VFW hall, one of the few buildings still used in town.
The parade begins Saturday at 11 a.m. and is expected to increase the population of the town about ten-fold for the day.