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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  First Presbyterian Church is the oldest Protestant Church in the City of Chippewa Falls.

It was organized in 1855 by Rev. W. W. McNair. The first services were held in a log cabin 12 x 14 feet located on the east bank of Duncan Creek, just above its junction with the Chippewa River.

In 1858, under the direction of Rev. Bradley Phillips, a new church was built on the present site. The land and lumber were donated by Hiram S. Allen.

Due to growth, Rev. Samuel Brown felt a new church was needed. The old structure was removed and in 1883 the present structure was built.

In 1889 the Steere and Turner pipe organ was dedicated. It is considered one of the oldest “romantic-voiced” pipe organ in the area and is still in use.

The educational unit was dedicated April 14, 1957 with Rev. Allen Van Cleve as pastor.

In the early 1990's, under the leadership of Pastor Barry Boyer, a building and improvement campaign was organized. Landscaping and remodeling were done making the building more attractive and modern.

Since 1858 First Presbyterian Church has played a vital
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role in the spiritual life of Chippewa Falls.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #1

Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is April 14, 1671.
Location. 44° 56.098′ N, 91° 23.684′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on West Central Street east of Island Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (about 600 feet away); The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Rutledge Charity (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hiram Stores Allen (approx. ¼ mile away); Cook-Rutledge Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
First Presbyterian Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
2. First Presbyterian Church and Marker
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, April 27, 2011
3. First Presbyterian Church
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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