KOTA Territory church could become historic site - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory church could become historic site


You might see them when driving around older towns,a small marker pointing out a historical site. One KOTA Territory church could be the next location of one of these plaques.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ is a historic place, and when talking to any member of the church, it's clear that they're proud.

" We are proud to be part of this church it serves the community really well and I think it will serve the community a long time," said member John Jackson.

The church first started in 1891when a divinity student named C.H. Burroughs arrived in Belle Fourche and started holding services at the old train depot. With such a long history a few members decided the church needed to be recognized.

"I felt that it was very important that it be preserved as part of the community. It is definitely a landmark in the community and needs to stay that way,"said Jackson.

And so the process of getting the church recognized as a historic site began.

"We received from them saying it would be 2–4 months before we would get anything. That was about a month ago so it should be anytime now,"said Pastor Del Neumesiter.

But not just any building can become a historical site, It must follow certain guidelines.

"Age requirements, significance to the community and the line of not only cultural significance but also architectural significance," said Jackson.

So will the church become a historic site?

"Of course we are going to get a plaque soon, yea we deserve it,"said Jackson.

"I've never heard of one being denied once the states turned it into the parks service," said Neumeister.

Either way these members are still proud to call this church home and will look to add onto its already impressive history.

"I have no doubt we are still going to be here as long as Belle Fourche remains here."

Buildings must be at least 50 years or older to be declared a historic site.

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