Near Sunburg in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Old Log Church
Following the Civil War, immigrants flowed into the Norway Lake area with the majority from Norway and Sweden. On October 10, 1868, Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway Lake incorporated and built a log cabin worship facility at this site. Church records indicate that 490 baptisms, 142 confirmations, 72 marriages and 77 burials were conducted here.
By 1875 the population had outgrown the Log Church which was later moved to the parsonage farm. To replace the log cabin, the congregation built two frame churches — East Norway Lake and West Norway Lake.
Using historical data, the Norway Lake Historical Association, which harvested fifty oak trees locally, built a replica of the original Log Church in 1999. The association displays grave marker fragments uncovered during road construction in the late 1950s and two log cabins. A grainery from the Nils Peterson farm, originally located between Norway and Games Lake, now sits east of the Log Church. A restored log home originally occupied by Ole and Aase Knutson is located 1/4 mile northeast of Log Church.
The Pioneer Log Church established here
Erected by the State of Minnesota and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 10, 1868.
Location. 45° 18.736′ N, 95° 10.699′ W. Marker is near Sunburg, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is at the intersection of 99th Street Northwest and 195th Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 99th Street Northwest. Marker is 0.3 miles north of County State-Aid Highway 40 (County Road 40 Northwest). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9601 195th Avenue Northwest, Pennock MN 56279, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Old Log Church (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Military PostIsle of Refuge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lundborg Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jericho (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lake Florida Mission Covenant Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Johannes Iverson (approx. 6.1 miles away); Guri Endresen-Rosseland (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunburg.
More about this marker. The marker has the Historic Site seal of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society · 1895.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Norway Lake settlement and log church. (Submitted on August 31, 2014.)
2. Norway Lake Parish. (Submitted on August 31, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.