Terry has family in northeast North Dakota and managed to duck out of holiday festivities long enough to photograph this place in 2014 — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Leroy, North Dakota.
Leroy is in Pembina County, about ten miles northwest of Cavalier.
Terry was told they stopped holding regular services here about a decade ago.
This church is featured in our fourth hardcover coffee table book, Churches of the High Plains.
A small community center and auditorium.
This area is absolutely steeped in history, stretching back to a pre-homestead, trader and trapper time in our history, when settlement of what would become North Dakota by European settlers was very sparse.
UPDATE: Although the sign makes it look like the church is for sale, according to a comment below, the church is not actually for sale. See the comment below from Gaye Carpenter.
Photos by Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2014 Sonic Tremor Media
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy