Tonset Lutheran: The Church on the Hill

Tonset Lutheran: The Church on the Hill

We got these photos of Tonset Lutheran Church, near Lignite, from Dave Ramsey, who says:

Found this church near Lignite, ND. Open the door and walk on in. Sign a guest register and look around. The place was dusty and covered with dead flies. Other than that it looked you could hold a service there tomorrow. The cemetery was just as cool. So much history.

Tonset Lutheran Church

The bell tower was struck by lightning in 2002 and it took a heroic effort on the part of local residents, and the Tonset Lutheran Church Historical Society, to rebuild the steeple.

Tonset Lutheran Church

Regular services ended in 1968.

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church is named for Tynset, Norway.

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

Tonset Lutheran Church

If you enjoy prairie churches, please consider our book, Churches of the High Plains, out now.

Tonset Lutheran Church

Photos by Dave Ramsey. Original content copyright Sonic Tremor Media

Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota.

4 thoughts on “Tonset Lutheran: The Church on the Hill

  1. Wonderful pictures! I remember attending Christmas Eve services there with my family – Chet and Marie Masters and my sister Jean. I also remember the songs and as a young child, looking forward to the apples and the bags of peanuts – with a few hard candies and one chocolate drop (which we always gave to Dad) that were handed out to everyone as we left services. Thank you for the memories

    1. My father in law speaks of those bags of apples and hard candies. He even handed some out at a Christmas party a few years ago. How fun to read these comments.

      Happy 100th Birthday to Tonset Lutheran this year!

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