We were out photographing some historic and abandoned places in April of 2016 and we had just decided to call it a day and head for home when we discovered this place by accident. Technically, this address is listed as Elk Point, South Dakota, but really it’s a spot along the Interstate 29, just a mile north of the Vermillion exit, about thirty miles northwest of Sioux City.
This old church didn’t have any signs remaining that would tell us what it was once called, but a nearby cemetery made us think it was once called St. Mary’s. If someone knows more about its history as a church, please leave a comment.
We were surprised to see a Realtor’s sign out front when we arrived, and we discovered that this church, which has also been used as an antique store (not surprising considering the proximity to the interstate), is for sale. The property also features a 1-1/2 story home and a metal outbuilding.
The church itself is listed by the retailer as a “storage building” today, so we’re not sure what kind of shape it’s in on the inside, but according to the listing, you can buy the entire property–the church, the home, and the outbuilding–for $195,000.
There’s a new agronomy center with a lot of truck traffic directly across the road from this place and the realtor suggests it would be a great place for a “seed dealership or ag support business.” We wish we had run across it when it was still an antique store because it seems like the perfect location if someone has the funding to do it right.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media