Landmarks : Trinity Church in Kimball

Posted by Michael Zimny on

The historic Holy Trinity Church, located just south of Kimball, is a landmark beloved by I-90 travelers and exemplary of the Bohemian religious architecture Czech immigrants brought to Brule County.

trinitychurchkimball7.JPG

Pictured here on a snowy March day, the church was originally built in the town of Bendon. The Brule County Historical Society acquired the building in 1982 to spare it from destruction and had it moved to Kimball, where it stands beside the South Dakota Tractor Museum. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. 

kimball83.pngHoly Trinity Church in 1981 Photo Credit: Paul Putz

Ethnic Czechs began emigrating to Brule county from Bohemia, as well as from other parts of South Dakota, in 1879. The Holy Trinity Church has been dated to either 1893 or 1895, “built under the direction of chief carpenter Fred Shereda, who was assisted by members of the Bohemia Catholic Union, including John F. Konecny and Joseph Kott,” according to documents filed by the Brule County Historical Society.

trinitychurchkimball8.JPG

Holy Trinity was a cornerstone of the Bendon community until the 1970’s. By then, like several other small towns in Brule County, Bendon was largely abandoned. The last Mass at Trinity was held in 1977.

trinitychurchkimball1.JPG

Architectural features include Gothic lancet windows and doorway and a pyramidal roof atop the steeple. Holy Trinity’s somber mystique and present location just off the I-90 make it something of a go-to symbol of Plains desolation, and as such its image has, and will likely continue to circulate far more widely than if it had remained in Bendon.

Related

Landmarks : St. Peter's Grotto in Farmer; Hanson County, South Dakota 

Landmarks: The Citizens State Bank of Henry 

subscribe to sdpb email updates food blog link image learning blog link image living blog link news and information blog link science and technology blog link sports blog link image

Related content from SDPB Radio - Art

Artist Deborah Mitchell: Gardens I've Known

In The Moment ... January 4, 2017 Show 249 Hour 2 It's always a delight to catch up with artist Deborah Mitchell...

Images Of The Past

In The Moment ... December 18, 2017 Show 242 Hour 2 We talk with Conor McMahon, Chief Curator, U.S. Department of...

"Loving Vincent" Comes To Sioux Falls

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 1 Cinema Falls brings the film "Loving Vincent" to Sioux Falls. We'...

Paul Horsted’s Epic National Parks Project

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 1 Paul Horsted has been making photographs for more than 35 years....

Books

SDPB's Jackie Hendry Reviews John Green's "Turtles All The Way Down"

Author John Green's tour bus rolled through South Dakota this fall. He spent time with librarians, readers, and...

Awkwardly Awesome Jason Freeman

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 2 Jason Freeman is the author of "Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My...

Caroline Fraser

In The Moment ... December 18, 2017 Show 242 Hour 1 The "New York Times" recently named "Prairie Fires: The American...

Marta McDowell

In The Moment ... December 18, 2017 Show 242 Hour 1 Marta McDowell looks takes a fresh look at Laura Ingalls Wilder...

Music

Moment In Sound With Brian Hoffman

In The Moment ... January 12, 2017 Show 255 Hour 1 Singer / songwriter Brian Hoffman joins us for this week's Moment...

Songs From Throughout American History With Marla Fodgerud And William Wieland

In The Moment ... January 9, 2017 Show 252 Hour 2 This Thursday at 7:30 p.m. our next guests present a lecture...

Images Of The Past: The Dubious Character Of Inez Sexton

In The Moment ... January 8, 2017 Show 251 Hour 2 This week's Images of the Past is a particularly timely look at...

Eliza Blue's December Postcard From The Prairie

In The Moment ... December 22, 2017 Show 246 Hour 1 Eliza Blue's December Postcard from the Prairie is a look...

Theater

Images of the Past: Stage To Screen

In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 2 A new exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum tells the story of...

Personalities: From Huron High to Broadway

Singer, actor, and teacher Joseph Mahowald graduated from Huron High School in 1977. He went on to study music and...

In The Moment ... Alex Meyer's Scenic Design

In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2 Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College...

In The Moment ... Remembering Vietnam On Horseback

In The Moment ... May 9, 2017 Show 089 Hour 2 Colt Romberger’s father served in Vietnam, and it changed his life...