Haunting Lignite Church

Haunting Lignite Church

For years, this church has been marked on one of my maps as “Haunting Lignite Church,” a descriptor I pasted on it due to its weathered exterior, devoid of paint, and the tall steeple that stands high above the prairie. I found out about it a long time ago, and knowing nothing about it, marked it as a place I wanted to photograph the next time I was in the area.

Haunting Lignite Church

In July of 2016 I finally found myself passing by and stopped to get a few photos. The church is in Burke County, just a mile southwest of Lignite, at the end of a long road into a farmer’s pasture. I posted some of my phone photos on our Facebook page, and visitors Jade Feldner and Lisa Knutson¬†both commented to say this church is in their family’s pasture. It originally stood in Lignite, and was a Norwegian Lutheran Church. It was moved here at some point in the past and was used as a barn for a time.

Haunting Lignite Church

Haunting Lignite Church

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Photos by Troy Larson, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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7 thoughts on “Haunting Lignite Church

  1. That church was moved there by our cousins. They were going to renovate it into their home back in later 70’s. She was going to have her sewing room up in the steeple. Things happened so it never was done. It would have been fun.

  2. lovely church. I am traveling through ND in a few weeks. If this is in a farmers pasture can people travel on the road to photograph it or do you have to photograph from a distance.

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