Abandoned Roadside Church

This abandoned country church is located in Rat Lake Township in Mountrail County, about fifteen miles southwest of Stanley. This church stands right alongside ND 1804 in a little-populated part of the county. The entire township has a population of 28 and the countryside is quiet, green and rolling.

Rat Lake Township, North Dakota
Rat Lake Township, North Dakota

We hadn’t planned to stop here, we just saw this church on the side of the road and made a quick pit stop to shoot it.

Rat Lake Township, North Dakota

There’s a small, overgrown plateau next to this church, a “parking lot” so to speak, but looking at it, you can totally imagine the days when wagons delivered parishioners on Sunday morning.

Rat Lake Township, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

2 thoughts on “Abandoned Roadside Church

  1. This was a working catholic church in the 50s and into the 60s. At one point the steeple was removed and the church was converted to a grain bin for many years.


  2. A man from White Earth told me this church was moved from Sanish before it flooded. He said he was the first person baptized there after the move.


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