Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church, Driscoll, North Dakota (Burleigh County), 1917
Zion Lutheran Church, Driscoll, North Dakota (Burleigh County), 1917

Rural churches aren’t always unlocked when I stop by, but this prairie church was open.  Zion Lutheran Church, a few miles from Driscoll, North Dakota, celebrated 100 years in 2017.  It’s still used, but not every Sunday now.

 

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Heil Church

Heil Church, Heil, North Dakota (Grant County)
Heil Church, Heil, North Dakota (Grant County)

Heil is another small North Dakota community with a population in the teens.  This photogenic church was probably built not long after the town was founded in 1911.  It looks to be only used now for storage when I stopped by.

 

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.

 

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).