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Willow Creek Lutheran Church

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1888. 24795 470th Ave.
  • (Photograph by Michelle Dennis)
  • (Photograph by Michelle Dennis)

Willow Creek Lutheran Church is located in rural Minnehaha County. It sits at the highest point in the county, on the northwest corner of the intersection of two gravel roads and is surrounded by the Willow Creek Cemetery. Norwegian settlers organized the Willow Creek Lutheran Church in 1875 and held services in residences and a schoolhouse. D.K. Ducken donated two acres of land for the cemetery and church, which was built in 1888 and has been in continuous use ever since.

The small, Gothic Revival church is wood-framed with a gabled roof. A bell tower and steeple are centered on the original front of the building, where the main entrance is located. An addition to the front of the church, constructed sometime between 1988 and 1995, now encapsulates the lower portion of the tower. Four pointed-arch stained glass windows line either side of the nave. Although not original, the church now sits on a concrete block basement foundation. There are also small additions on the rear and north side. The churchyard and cemetery are lined with large evergreen trees, and there are a few deciduous trees scattered around the cemetery. The rural setting of the church and cemetery is quite picturesque.


Kolbe, Robert. Minnehaha County Historical and Biographical Sketches. Sioux Falls, SD: Minnehaha County Historical Society, 1988.


Writing Credits

Michelle L. Dennis



  • 1888


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Michelle L. Dennis, "Willow Creek Lutheran Church", [Dell Rapids, South Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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