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Bay City in Bay County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Sion Church

 
 
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Sion Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Garman, July 25, 2020
1. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Sion Church Marker
Inscription.  During the 1870s, Swedish immigrants arrived in Bay County. By 1880 many Swedes had settled in West Bay City. In October of that year, fifty people organized the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Sion Church, affiliated with the Augustana Synod. A year later, a church and parsonage were built here on land donated by lumberman Henry W. Sage. In 1938 the church was renamed Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. The present building was completed in 1956.
 
Erected 1990 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1779C.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 43° 35.833′ N, 83° 54.063′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Michigan, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of South Catherine Street and East Thomas Street (State Route 25), on the left when traveling south on South Catherine Street. The marker is on the west
The Messiah Lutheran Church and the Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Garman, July 25, 2020
2. The Messiah Lutheran Church and the Historical Marker
facing wall, northwest corner of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 S Catherine St, Bay City MI 48706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sage Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Midland Street Commercial District (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Ten Hours or No Sawdust" (approx. half a mile away); Keit's Florist (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cross Country Connections (approx. 0.8 miles away); Center Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); George H. & Elva Shearer House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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