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Near Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Baker Cabin Pioneer Church

 
 
Baker Cabin Pioneer Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
1. Baker Cabin Pioneer Church Marker
Inscription. This marker is located on the grounds of Baker Cabin Historical Site.  Oregon Trail emigrants left established homes and farms in the East to start anew in the wilderness that was the Oregon Country.  Emigrants packed simple farm wagons with enough food, clothing and supplies to last ans entire year before crops could be planted and harvested in Oregon. The journey was long and arduous, and much was lost or abandoned along the way -- treasured possessions, wagons and livestock.  Faith endured, however, and many entered the Willamette Valley a few miles to the east of this site and along with Elizabeth Julia Goltra in 1853, "gave thanks to the all seeing eye who has watched over us across the dreary plains and still more dreary mountains."  This humble church stands as testimony to the enduring faith of Oregon's early settlers.
        This church (Buenker German Methodist) was built in 1894 and originally stood a few miles to the southeast near the intersection of Strowbridge and Springwater roads. The building was moved to this site in 1967 and restored in 1970-71 by the Baker Cabin Historical society.

        ...we came in site of houses and gardens, fields and fences!  My heart arose in gratitude to God that we had been spared to reach this land!  Six long months have elapsed since we left our native land,
Baker Cabin Pioneer Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
2. Baker Cabin Pioneer Church and Marker
and now after having passed through dangers seen and unseen, sickness, trial and difficulty, toil and fatigue, we are safely landed on the Pacific shores!  Thus far the Lord has led us on.  'Hitherto He has helped us.  What shall we render unto His name for his goodness unto us?'
-- Esther Belle McMillan Hanna, September 16, 1852.
 
Erected by Oregon Trail Coordinating Council (OTCC).
 
Location. 45° 23.342′ N, 122° 29.826′ W. Marker is near Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on South Gronlund Road near Carver Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 South Gronlund Road, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baker Cabin Historical Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Baker Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Baker Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Baker Cabin Overview (about 400 feet away); The Baker Family (about 400 feet away); Area Commerce (about 400 feet away); Grinding Rock (about 500 feet away); Willamette Falls, circa 1880 (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
 
More about this marker.
Baker Cabin Pioneer Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
3. Baker Cabin Pioneer Church
This marker is located south of the church on the grounds of Baker Cabin Historical Site.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
 
Baker Cabin Pioneer Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
4. Baker Cabin Pioneer Church
Plaque locate at the front left corner of the Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
5. Plaque locate at the front left corner of the Church
German Methodist Church
1894 - 1895
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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