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Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche

Elbe Lutheran Church

 
 
Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2015
1. Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche Marker
Inscription.  The Elbe Lutheran congregation was founded in 1893 by settlers from Germany. For the first 13 years, services were held in members' homes and the town hall.

Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche was built in 1906. The building's dimensions are 18 x 24 feet. The 46 foot high steeple is topped with a 4-foot iron cross forged by a local blacksmith. The steeple contains a railroad locomotive bell. Elbe Kirche ranks among the smallest in the nation.

Elbe Kirche is the seat of the area bishop who conducts a summer service. In the tradition of Elbe's early pastors, the bishop arrives riding a bicycle.

Although managed primarily as an historic structure, monthly services are held March through November. Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche is also a popular site for weddings.
 
Location. 46° 45.867′ N, 122° 11.66′ W. Marker is in Elbe, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mountain Highway E (National Park Highway) (State Highway 7) and 542nd Street East, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located
Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche Marker (<i>tall view; church entrance in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2015
2. Elbe Evangelische Lutherische Kirche Marker (tall view; church entrance in background)
beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the Elbe Lutheran Church, also known as the "Little White Church of Elbe". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elbe WA 98330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a laser-printed metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Also see . . .
1. About the Elbe Church. This tiny church sits on its original location in the beautiful foothills west of Mount Rainier. The town of Elbe, Washington, has a rich German heritage and bears the name of the founders' origin, the Elbe River valley near Hamburg, Germany. As it has since 1906, the church signifies peace and tranquility to residents and tourists alike. (Submitted on February 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Nomination #76001899. (Submitted on February 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
 
Elbe Lutheran Church<br>(<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2015
3. Elbe Lutheran Church
(view from near marker)
Elbe Lutheran Church: National Register of Historic Places plaque (<i>located beside entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2015
4. Elbe Lutheran Church: National Register of Historic Places plaque (located beside entrance)
Elbe Lutheran Church
Under the provisions of the National
Historic Preservation Act of
October 16, 1966, this property
possesses exceptional value in
commemorating, or illustrating
American History

Placed on the National Register on
October 8, 1976 by the National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington State Parks
and Recreation Commission
Elbe Lutheran Church (<i>wide view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2015
5. Elbe Lutheran Church (wide view from near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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