“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Arkdale in Adams County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

West Church

West Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
1. West Church Marker
Inscription. In 1853, Norwegian immigrants to this area, organized the Norwegian Evangelical Church of Roche-a-Cri, in 1860. A log church was constructed one mile south of this location. It was destroyed by fire in 1866. A frame church was then erected on this site in 1868 but was destroyed by a cyclone in 1872.

With faith undaunted, a larger church was built on this site in 1875, known as the "West Church," it served as the congregation spiritual home for 53 years, until it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground on July 12, 1928.

In 1919, the "West Church" had joined with two other area Lutheran congregations to form a united parish called "Trinity Lutheran Church." In 1921, one of the church buildings was donated to Norwegian Lutherans forming a church in Adams. Following the West Church fire of 1928, the parish members consolidated at the remaining church building in Arkdale.

This plaque is erected in praise to God and in memory of the Saints who rest here.
Erected 1995 by the Trinity Lutheran Church Historical Committee.
Location. 44° 1.47′ N, 89° 55.044′ W. Marker is near Arkdale, Wisconsin, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of 18th Avenue and Cumberland Avenue
West Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2007
2. West Church Marker
, on the left when traveling south on 18th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at West Arkdale Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Arkdale WI 54613, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lutheran Church of the Norwegian Synod (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roche-a-Cri (approx. one mile away); East Arkdale Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Roche-A-Cri State Park (approx. 5.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial / Cpl. Red Cloud Tribute (approx. 6.2 miles away); Monroe Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); Soldiers Monument (approx. 7.9 miles away); Mrs Salter Killed Here (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arkdale.
Also see . . .  Norske lutherske menigheter i Amerika, 1843-1916. If you can read Norwegian, this book by Olaf Morgan Norlie and Thore Olsen Tolo, published in 1918 contains a brief history of the Roche a Cree settlement churches in Adams County, Wisconsin. (Submitted on April 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
West Church 1875 image. Click for full size.
3. West Church 1875
From "Roche-a-Cree to Trinity : the history of Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisconsin, 1853-2003", Ronald K. Hanson. 2002.
Currently the home of Arkdale's Trinity Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church
4. Currently the home of Arkdale's Trinity Lutheran Church
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