This is Peace Lutheran Church, a church on the prairie in the Rural Municipality of Stonehenge #73, in southern Saskatchewan, about 105 kilometers southwest of Moose Jaw, and just 2 kilometers south of the farm at the site of Lakenheath, Saskatchewan.
I found out about this place by perusing some photos on Google Earth. It was photographed from a distance by someone, and it was referenced as “Lakenheath Romanian Orthodox Church.” When I arrived, I found a plaque designating this as Peace Lutheran Church, so I’m not sure where the idea that it was a Romanian Orthodox church came from. Nevertheless, the plaque was quite informative and tells the story in detail.
The church parish originated with settlers in 1911, who held services in their homes. In 1925, this building was erected, and held services until the 1950s. For over sixty years now, it has been largely empty. It still looks pretty good for a building that has stood empty for that long.
This church is beautifully posed on the top of a hill. I bet the bell could be heard around all the countryside back in the day.
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Photos by Troy Larson, content copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media