Driving along a rural highway, you can’t miss this church. Surrounded only be farmland, Bethel Norwegian Lutheran has been fighting the North Dakota winters since 1915. When this part of the state was more active, the trains would pass nearby and small towns marked the stops every few miles. The closest town is Harvey, about 10 miles west. Although small, the cemetery beside the church is still active.
This old church was once named the Zion Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ. That’s definitely a mouthful, so since it’s located in the town of Judson, North Dakota, I think it’s now just called Judson Church. The privately owned building is located on the corner of a county road west of Bismarck. Nothing found yet on the construction date.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is at the edge of the small community of Jud, North Dakota. A sign over the entrance to the building shows a date of 1912.
Bremen is a very small town in Wells County North Dakota. I was just driving through and spotted the recently painted Trinity Lutheran Church in the shade so stopped to grab a photograph. However, I’m still trying to find out when it was built.
In the northern half of North Dakota, Flora Church was one of several churches I saw online prior to making a trip to the Dakotas. I did manage to find the location in Benson County but the church is not being used for anything but storage today. I haven’t had any luck on finding any history or the age either. But it definitely has a nice weathered look worth photographing.
North Grand Church, near Hettinger, North Dakota looks more stable on the outside than it does inside. Serving the nearby Lutherans, the church was active between 1909 and 1969. There’s a small cemetery in the back of the property and the isolated church sits surrounded by farmland for several miles.
Arena, North Dakota is now a ghost town in the northern part of the state. This once was St. John’s Lutheran Church, but is now abandoned. I don’t expect this church to last much longer though. Walking around the church, most of the foundation is gone and you can see into the basement level. There’s an obvious lean in addition, so the weight of some more heavy snowfalls might speed up the inevitable collapse. But for now, you can still enjoy the wind whistling around this peaceful spot.