Bodie Methodist

Methodist Church, Bodie State Historic Park, California

If you’re able to visit the remote California state park of Bodie, one of the first buildings you’ll see in this ghost town is the Methodist Church.  The structure was completed in 1882 and was one of two churches in the town.  Supposedly there were approximately 65 saloons among them too.  Bodie had effectively emptied of people by the early 1930s.  It was abandoned for a couple of decades before the state took it over and created a park in 1962.  There was some vandalism of the church during those deserted years, but generally it’s well protected today.

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St. John’s Lutheran

St. John's Lutheran Church, Arena, North Dakota (Burleigh County)
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Arena, North Dakota (Burleigh County)

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.