Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Trinity United Methodist Church
As early as 1846, Methodists were meeting in Chippewa Falls, with Thomas Randall preaching to his neighbors in a boarding house owned by the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company. On March 10, 1860, Reverend Thomas Harwood, the first assigned minister, organized the Chippewa City Circuit which included Chippewa City, Bloomer Prairie, Green Prairie, Wolf Prairie, and Chippewa Falls. It became the West Wisconsin Conference and at the close of the first year there were 33 members.
In 1864, when Reverend Robert Cobban became the pastor, several members purchased a lot for a church on Island Street. Additional purchases extended the lot here to West Central Street.
A wooden church was erected in 1870 and a parsonage was built, mostly by Pastor F. H. Wright. In 1892, the wooden church building was sold to the Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation, and this present red brick building was built. It became the Chippewa Falls Methodist Church with the front tower having entrances to both Island and Central Streets. The church, with Reverend W.H. McKay as pastor was dedicated on December 18, 1892, "with gratitude to God."
A gymnasium, progressive for its time, was added to the church in the 1920's with remodeling done for adequate Sunday School rooms later.
"Ever hail blessed temple abode of my Lord!
I will walk to Thy altars with those that I love,
And delight in the prospect reveal'd from above."
Marker Sign #5
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 44° 56.07′ N, 91° 23.701′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on Island Street south of West Central Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (about 800 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. ¼ mile away); Cook-Rutledge Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Hiram Stores Allen (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
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