West Church (Arkdale Cemetery)

© Photographed September 4, 2015
Erected 1995 by Trinity Lutheran Church Historical Committee
Arkdale, Adams County, Wisconsin
44° 1.47′ N, 89° 55.044′ W

Destroyed by fire, destroyed by a tornado, struck by lightening and burned to the ground -- this is one faithful congregation! 

In 1853, Norwegian immigrants to this area, organized the Norwegian Evangelical Church of Roche-a-Cri, in 1860. A log church was constructed one mile south of this location. It was destroyed by fire in 1866. A frame church was then erected on this site in 1868 but was destroyed by a cyclone in 1872.

With faith undaunted, a larger church was built on this site in 1875, known as the "West Church," it served as the congregation spiritual home for 53 years, until it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground on July 12, 1928.

In 1919, the "West Church" had joined with two other area Lutheran congregations to form a united parish called "Trinity Lutheran Church." In 1921, one of the church buildings was donated to Norwegian Lutherans forming a church in Adams. Following the West Church fire of 1928, the parish members consolidated at the remaining church building in Arkdale.

This plaque is erected in praise to God and in memory of the Saints who rest here.
The marker is located at West Arkdale Cemetery on northbound 18th Avenue, at its intersection with Cumberland Avenue, Arkdale, Wisconsin 54613.

The cemetery is in the middle of farmlands.

Some of the veterans buried at the cemetery . . .
 John Warp, a Civil War veteran -- Company D, 15 Wisconsin Infantry.

First visited September 2012. Nearby fields were filled with hundreds of migrating Sandhill Cranes. I love to hear their calls and to watch them "dancing". I lingered about 20 minutes, enjoying their beauty and taking photos.

Signage leading to the marker's location.

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