Site of the First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roche-a-Cri

Site of the First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roche-a-Cri (HMO52)

Location: Arkdale, WI 54613 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 0.609', W 89° 55.132'

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In 1850, a group of Norwegian settlers from Koshkonong, the foremost Norwegian settlement colony in the United States at the time, left their southern Wisconsin home and migrated north, settling here in "Roch-a-Cree" or Roche-a-Cri. Imbued with pioneer spirit and a firm faith in Lutheranism, these settlers homesteaded and became successful farmers, growing potatoes as the their staple crop. In 1853, the Rev. H. A. Preus, a university-trained minister of the Norwegian state church, visited Roche-a-Cri and organized "The Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roche-a-Cri" with a membership of about thirty individuals who held services in their homes. By 1859, the community and congregation had outgrown these meeting places and built a log church at this site. This structure was destroyed by fire and in 1868 a frame church was erected one mile north of this location. The old church cemetery remains here, however, and is known as the South Arkdale Cemetery.
HM NumberHMO52
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number390
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 12:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 266018 N 4877142
Decimal Degrees44.01015000, -89.91886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 0.609', W 89° 55.132'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 0' 36.54" N, 89° 55' 7.92" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1801-1899 Cypress Ave, Arkdale WI 54613, US
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