Augustana Swedish Lutheran

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, near Sheyenne, North Dakota (Eddy County)
Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, near Sheyenne, North Dakota (Eddy County)

This is another abandoned church in a remote area of North Dakota.  Augustana Swedish Lutheran was built in 1907 and was part of the large Scandinavian community that settled in the Dakotas. A visit inside the church was brief as there was a suffocating build up of bird/bat guano.  But a couple photos are included below.

 

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Bucyrus Church

Bucyrus Church,  Bucyrus, North Dakota (Adams County)
Bucyrus Church, Bucyrus, North Dakota (Adams County)

Bucyrus, North Dakota is a very small community that had a population of 27 people as of the 2010 census (up from 26 in 2000).  In 2012, much of the little town was destroyed by a wildfire, but the Lutheran church survived.  Most of the limited population were relocated, so it’s still uncertain whether this will be North Dakota’s next ghost town or whether it will make a comeback.

Kief Church

 

Kief Church, North Dakota (McHenry County)
Kief Church, North Dakota (McHenry County)

This abandoned church was one of three in the rural town of Kief, North Dakota.  There were maybe a couple dozen people living in town when I stopped by.  This was the least maintained of the three, with one listed on the National Register (Liberty Baptist) and the other privately owned and used for storage (included in a future post).

Evangelical Lutheran Trinity

Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church, near New Leipzig, North Dakota (Grant County)
Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church, near New Leipzig, North Dakota (Grant County)

Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church. is a Late Gothic Revival Church located near New Leipzig, North Dakota.  Built by German immigrants who settled in the area in the last half of the 19th century, the church was dedicated in 1905 and originally called Trinity Church.  Today, the church is mainly used for ceremonial services (weddings, funerals, etc.) and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Neuburg Congregational

Neuburg Congregational Church, North Dakota
Neuburg Congregational Church, North Dakota

I saw a photo of Neuberg Congregational Church looking weathered and forgotten, but when I visited it had been recently painted.   This photo was made at the end of a cool day in late May.  The church was built in 1925 by Germans who immigrated by way of Russia.  They had outgrown their original church since founding the congregation in 1898.  More recently, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places (2007).