Old Red Old Ten North Dakota Scenic Byway | Things to do

Travel the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway for many exciting things to see and do.  Load up the family or take a trip on your own to explore the "Other Freeway!"

First Presbyterian Church/Salem United Church of Christ


115 North 2nd Street
New Salem, ND 58563

Lat:46.8428  Lon:-101.408

First Presbyterian Church/Untied Church of Christ

New Salem was founded by the German Evangelical Church in 1883 which held services in German.  In 1901 the need for an English speaking church was organized and in 1905 the First Presbyterian Church completed the construction and dedication of their wood-framed church.  Unique is the construction of the foundation which is of sandstone, extracted from various sandstone formations in the area, hauled many miles by horse and wagon, and laid stone upon stone in the hand dug basement as the foundation.  Sandstone is very fragile but the church still stands level over one hundred years later.  In later years, stained glass windows were added and cast a warm glow on the curved pews (no center aisle to divide the men from the women as in early German church).  After 99 years serving the Presbyterians, Salem United Church of Christ (members who are descendants of the original German Evangelical Church) purchased the building which has been in continuous use as a place of worship.  Many improvements have been made since then including an addition making the sanctuary, fellowship hall and restroom handicap accessible.