Augustana Swedish Evangelical

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, Claremont, South Dakota (Brown County)
Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, Claremont, South Dakota (Brown County)

Built in 1899, Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church is a historic church in Claremont, South Dakota.  Swedish immigration picked up in the late 1800s and as Brown County was created in 1879, a number of Swedes established roots in the area.  Much of the labor for the church was supplied by congregation members.  The church is a mix of Gothic Revival and Classical Revival and features twelve large arched stained glass windows and a high bell tower.  It’s believed to be modeled after a church in Smaland, Sweden.  The building is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Peace Valley Evangelical

Peace Valley Evangelical Church, South Dakota (Harding County)
Peace Valley Evangelical Church, South Dakota (Harding County)

Peace Valley Evangelical is a rural church included on the National Register of Historic Places.  It’s located on State Highway 79 in the western part of South Dakota.  Rural Gothic in style, it was built around 1900 was originally the Fredensdal Church, named after an early church member.  There’s also a small cemetery of about 30 graves nearby.

Underwood Methodist

Underwood United Methodist Church, White Lake, South Dakota (Aurora County)
Underwood United Methodist Church, White Lake, South Dakota (Aurora County)

Underwood United Methodist Church is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located about ten miles north of White Lake, South Dakota, it was built in 1908 to serve the homesteaders that were settling farms in the area and farmland still surrounds the church property.  It was modified to add a new foundation and basement meeting hall in 1920 and the two outhouses in the back are still used.

Little Dane Church

Little Dane Church, St. Onge, South Dakota (Lawrence County)
Little Dane Church, St. Onge, South Dakota (Lawrence County)

Little Dane Church was the first Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran church in the St. Onge, South Dakota area.  It was built in 1889, a couple of years after the cemetery was consecrated.  The church got its name since most of the congregation were from Danish ancestry.   In 1929, a large summer storm damaged the church, and due to the depression, there wasn’t money to repair it and services stopped being held here.  In 1969 the church was restored by descendants of the original parishioners and now it’s used for an annual service and for weddings and funerals.  There were some additional restorations in 2013 that included the bright red red shutters and a new wooden door shown in the photos.  It’s located not far from where the Sturgis motorcycle rally is held each year.

Little Dane Church, St. Onge, South Dakota (Lawrence County)
Little Dane Church, St. Onge, South Dakota (Lawrence County)

St. Agnes Catholic

St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox, South Dakota (Harding County)
St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox, South Dakota (Harding County)

Established in 1911, this small catholic church is in a very rural area of western South Dakota and is included in the Diocese of Rapid City.  I wasn’t able to find any additional historic information online, but I did find photos from a few years ago that showed the church having a steeple in the recent past.