The Ploom Creek Church in Williams County, North Dakota just southeast of Williston, was built in 1910. The full name was THE PLOOM CREEK HAUGES NORWEGIAN LUTHERAN CHURCH. I think I have read that the land the church sat on was once owned by the Hauges family, and the Norwegian part isn’t that difficult to reason, since a large percentage of people who lived in North Dakota at the time were of Scandinavian descent. I photographed this church in 2009, due in part to the fact that my in-laws, who used to live in Williston, did a little scouting of locations for me, so I just had to drive out and take the pictures. I’m not sure why this particular church was abandoned. My Father-in-law, who sometimes preaches at some of these small churches, said that the congregation from this church had merged with another and built a newer building about 1 mile away up on the hill. When I checked it out, there were still pews inside and the requisite tipped-over piano, along with some graffiti that some small minded individual felt inclined to decorate the walls with. I recently heard from a contact on Flickr, who went to shoot some images of this church last summer, that the church is no longer there. Nothing but a mound of dirt marks the place where a church stood for over 100 years. I hope someone took the time to remove the wooden sign from the front of the church, or re-used some of the pews….it seems like such a waste. I feel fortunate that I got the opportunity to see it, and feel good that I documented this church before it was gone forever.