West Church (West Arkdale Cemetery)

© Photographed September 4, 2015 and November 26, 2017
Erected 1995 by Trinity Lutheran Church Historical Committee
Arkdale, Adams County, Wisconsin
44° 1.47′ N, 89° 55.044′ W

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.

 Looking northeast across the cemetery.

 Looking north along 18th Avenue.

Easy to access and plenty of parking . . .

The cemetery is in the middle of farmlands.

The fields filled with corn . . .

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.

Not my video, but imagine hundreds of sandhill cranes --
their call can be heard up to 4 miles away. It's breathtaking!

 Looking south along 18th Avenue, en route to marker location.

 Signage leading to marker location.

The marker is located in the outskirts of Arkdale, Wisconsin.

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