Neuberg Congregational Church
This is Neuberg Congregational Church, in Hettinger County, rural Mott. The church, which is quite remote, nearly 25 miles from the nearest town, was built in 1925 and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
We visited Neuberg Congregational Church in July of 2014. The sky was thick with haze from forest fires (in Washington, Oregon, or Canada, depending on who you ask) which lent some weirdness to the look of the sky. The light changed by the minute.
There’s a somewhat common misconception about the National Register of Historic Places. Although placement on the Register does afford some prestige and protection from Federal projects, it does not impose any requirements of any kind on the land/property owner. They are free to do what they like with the property, or nothing at all, and not every property owner has the interest or the means to protect these treasured places. That’s why it’s important for regular people to get involved in historic preservation.
The sign, and the marquee over the entrance to the cemetery, spell N-E-U-B-U-R-G, but every news story or other reference we find, it’s spelled B-E-R-G. We’re not sure the reason for the discrepancy.
Must have been a big congregation. That’s a lot of biffies.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
1. having been deserted or cast off.
1. cease to support or look after; desert.
2. leave (a place or vehicle) empty or uninhabited, without intending to return.
3. condemn someone or something to (a specified fate) by ceasing to take an interest in or look after them.