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.
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.
Regular services ended in 1968.
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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. @NorthDakotaTroy