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.
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.
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, 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.
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).
This old Lutheran church is now on private land and ended services several years ago. It’s located in the quiet community of Balfour, North Dakota in the north-central part of the state.
The last census of Hamberg, North Dakota had the town’s population at 21 residents. I didn’t see any of them the morning I stopped by to photograph this church.