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Near Cambridge in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Koshkonong

 
 
Koshkonong Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
1. Koshkonong Marker
Inscription. Koshkonong Prairie with its twin churches at both East and West Koshkonong is one of the focal points from which Norwegian Lutheranism spread to many parts of the American continent.

In 1844 at the request of pioneer Norwegian immigrants newly-ordained Johannes Wilhelm Christian Dietrichson came to Koshkonong from Norway. Under his leadership congregations were established and log churches built at both East and West Koshkonong. During his pastorate (1844-1850) Dietrichson traveled widely and organized a number of other congregations in the pioneer communities of Wisconsin and Illinois.

Both community and church prospered with the steady flow of Norwegian immigrants. Koshkonong became known as "Queen of the Norwegian settlements in America" and for a time in the 1870's hers was the largest single parish in the Norwegian Lutheran Church, numbering over 4300 members in the several congregations.

As a result of the predestination controversy in the 1880's both the Koshkonong congregations split resulting in four congregations in place of the former two. The merger of three Norwegian church bodies in 1917 largely restored spiritual unity to the Koshkonong community.
 
Erected 1969 by the Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series.
Koshkonong Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
2. Koshkonong Marker
This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 57.177′ N, 89° 2.885′ W. Marker is near Cambridge, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on East Church Road 0.4 miles west of Hillside Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 454 East Church Street Road, Cambridge WI 53523, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockdale Mill (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lake Ripley (approx. 4.2 miles away); Albion Academy (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sterling North (approx. 5.2 miles away); West Koshkonong Lutheran Congregation (approx. 6 miles away); Bovre Congregation (approx. 6.7 miles away); Lorine Niedecker (approx. 7.9 miles away); East Park Historic District (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is between the two East Koshkonong church buildings that were built during the split in the East Koshkonong congregation. The West Koshkonong church is located a few miles to the northwest.
 
Also see . . .
1. East Koshkonong Church. (Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Western Koshkonong Church.
First East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
3. First East Koshkonong Church
This church was built in 1893 just west of the East Koshkonong Church after the congregation split in a dispute over predestination, that is, the question of whether man must cooperate with God in attaining his salvation or whether it is dependent alone on the grace of God.
(Submitted on September 26, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
3. West Koshkonong Lutheran Church. (Submitted on April 10, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
First East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
4. First East Koshkonong Church
View of the unusual corner steeple.
First East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
5. First East Koshkonong Church
East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
6. East Koshkonong Church
This church was built in 1897 to replace the first stone church that had been built in 1858 (which, in turn, had replaced the original log cabin church built in 1845).
East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
7. East Koshkonong Church
The stone from the 1845 church was used to build the basement of this 1897 church.
Closeup of the East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
8. Closeup of the East Koshkonong Church
East Koshkonong Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 4, 2010
9. East Koshkonong Church
Church cornerstones showing the original 1845 cornerstone for the first stone church and the cornerstone for the 1897 replacement.
Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 2, 2011
10. Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church
This is one of the two Lutheran churches at West Koshkonong.
Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 2, 2011
11. Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church
This is a closeup of one of the two Lutheran churches at West Koshkonong.
West Koshkonong Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, April 10, 2011
12. West Koshkonong Lutheran Church
It appears that this church originally had a corner steeple like the First East Koshkonong Lutheran Church. See the nearby "West Koshkonong Lutheran Congregation" marker for this church.
 
 
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