Near Brandon in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Swedona Evangelical Covenant Church
The families took turns hosting weekly religious services in their new homes; however, the group yearned to have its own church. On April 9, 1877, Pastor John E. Wretlof presided and helped organize the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Mission Church of Swedona.
Now in its second century of Christian service, the congregation has worshiped in three church buildings. In 1879 a sod church was built one mile east of this site. Two years later a 28- by 32-foot wooden frame church was built 100 feet west on land donated by C.F. Hanson. The present building dates from 1913.
Lives fulfilled, or lost in a blizzard, may be found resting in peace in the church cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 9, 1877.
Location. 43° 38.322′ N, 96° 37.931′ W. Marker is near Brandon, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on 479th Avenue, half a mile south of 258th Street (County Highway 130), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25843 479th Ave, Brandon SD 57005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1916 Brandon School (approx. 4 miles away); 1938 Earthquake (approx. 4 miles away); Old Nidaros (approx. 4.2 miles away); Christensen 1917 Round Barn (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bergeson’s Homestead (approx. 4˝ miles away); Cactus Hills (approx. 4˝ miles away); Brandon Veteran's Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); The City of Brandon (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandon.
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