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.
I saw a photo of Neuberg Congregational Church looking weathered and forgotten, but when I visited it had been recently painted. This photo was made at the end of a cool day in late May. The church was built in 1925 by Germans who immigrated by way of Russia. They had outgrown their original church since founding the congregation in 1898. More recently, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places (2007).
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.
This tiny church in South Dakota may or may not be called Emmanuel Lutheran. It also might not even be an actual church, but it’s located on the edge of a small cemetery in the middle of prairie land in western South Dakota.