“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Brady in McCulloch County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

East Sweden Presbyterian Church

East Sweden Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
1. East Sweden Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. The East Sweden community was settled in the late 1880s by Swedish immigrants who had originally established homes in Williamson County. By 1889 twelve families had relocated here and built homes. Most of the settlers were Lutherans, and they held worship services in their homes.

In 1890 a traveling Presbyterian minister, the Rev. J.A. Irvine, came to East Sweden and conducted worship services. The settlers agreed to become Presbyterians, and a congregation was organized by the Rev. Mr. Irvine and twelve charter members. A sanctuary was built on this site in 1892, and continued to serve the congregation until it was destroyed in a windstorm in 1916.

The church members met in the schoolhouse until this structure was built in 1921. Exhibiting handsome features and quality craftsmanship, the East Sweden Presbyterian Church has become a local landmark. Outstanding features of the vernacular church structure include its hip-on-hip wooden shingled roof, Gothic-arched windows, boxed eaves, and projecting portico with boxed columns. The congregation continues to uphold the traditions of its Sweden founders.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1989

Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1367.)
East Sweden Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
2. East Sweden Presbyterian Church
Marker is mounted on the white rock near the church entrance
31° 9.999′ N, 99° 15.408′ W. Marker is near Brady, Texas, in McCulloch County. Marker can be reached from County Road 414 south of County Road 412, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brady TX 76825, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swedish Settlers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Onion Creek Indian Fight (approx. 0.8 miles away); Soldiers Waterhole (approx. 1.9 miles away); Curtis Airfield (approx. 3.8 miles away); Rochelle Depot (approx. 5 miles away); Union Passenger Depot (approx. 5 miles away); McCulloch County Courthouse (approx. 5.1 miles away); General Ben McCulloch, C.S.A. (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brady.
Also see . . .  East Sweden, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 16, 2018.) 
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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