Rugby, North Dakota: Niewoehner Bell TowerFifteen important, large bells, hung so that you can see them along the road. Ringing them at midnight or during funerals is now discouraged.
Niewoehner Funeral Home
- 213 2nd Ave. SW, Rugby, ND
- At the Niewoehner Funeral Home. Take Hwy 3 into town, turn east onto 3rd St. SW, then make the second left onto 2nd Ave SW. The tower is on the east side of 2nd Ave. SW.
- Ask before ringing, buy book. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Niewoehner Bell Tower
The bell tower is located between a funeral home and a former church, now an embroidery shop. Bells will only be rung by the owner if a book about the bells is purchased (cost $5). Apparently visitors were ringing the bells at inconvenient times (late at night, during funerals, etc.).
There is a single bell on another "tower" a few feet to the right.[Sandy, 07/19/2010]
Those dang bells could wake the dead!
30 ft high, 15-bell tower. Very cool. And they work. Each bell has a line to the ground so you can ring them. They are very loud. Even if you aren't trying to be. Sandwiched between a church and funeral home. My 15 yr old daughter even enjoyed this one. Should see it, or at least ring it.[Fella Drevlow, 08/27/2006]
A local funeral home owner recently constructed a 30-foot tower with 15 bells from all over that he collected over the years. They are rung on Sunday mornings and for special occasions. Each one has a story, and you can get a book detailing the origin of just about every one of the bells.[Thomas K. Schmitt, 09/03/2004]