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Near Sunburg in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Old Log Church

 
 
Old Log Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Old Log Church Marker
Inscription. 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 represents the birthplace of East Norway Lake Lutheran, Hope Lutheran (formerly West Norway Lake), First Lutheran, West Lake Lutheran, Monson Lake Lutheran and South Lake Johanna Church.

This
Old Log Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Old Log Church Marker
north side of marker with duplicate text
project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

 
Erected by the State of Minnesota and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is 0.3 miles north of County State-Aid Highway 40 (County Road 40 Northwest). Marker is at or near this postal address: 9601 195th Avenue Northwest, Pennock MN 56279, United States of America.
 
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 Post (approx. 2.6 miles away); Isle of Refuge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lundborg Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jericho
Old Log Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Old Log Church Marker
(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.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Old Log Church image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
4. Old Log Church
(foreground)
Old Log Church image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
5. Old Log Church
Old Log Church Interior image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
6. Old Log Church Interior
Former Nils Peterson Grainery image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
7. Former Nils Peterson Grainery
(a small barn that stored grain)
Current Interpretive Center
Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Church Site image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
8. Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Church Site
Memorial image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
9. Memorial
To the early settlers who established the original Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in the Norway Lake community and to the pioneers buried here.
Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
10. Grave Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 45 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.
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