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Singsaas Lutheran Church
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
N 44° 31.577 W 096° 27.892
14T E 701447 N 4933454
Quick Description: The original Singsaas congregation was formed on October 26th, 1874.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2007 10:40:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM1E4C
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
At over 135 years old, Singsaas is one of the oldest country prairie churches that continues to hold weekly services.

The first settlers to the Hendricks area, from Singsas Norway, had worshipped together at the Singsas Church in Norway. After immigrating to the US, they continued to worship together in their homes until 1884, when the first Singsaas Church was built. This church was built similar to the original Singsas, Norway church, adding a unique continuity to the life of these prairie settlers.

As the Singsaas congregation grew, members built an additional church in Hendricks, and also one in the nearby town of Astoria, SD. The attendees of the Singsaas church later formed two separate congregations, and the church was directly responsible for creating six separate churches in the area. Singsaas is devotedly known as the "Mother Church."

Singsaas church is located 3 miles northwest of Hendricks. Interesting features around the church include:

* Singsaas Cemetery - Surrounding the Singsaas church on the north, south, and west is the Singsaas Cemetery. Most of the gravestones are inscribed in Norwegian. The cemetery has unique and exquisite gravestones, suitable for photography.
* Civil War Veteran - Buried in Singsaas Cemetery is Hans Lien, the only Civil War veteran from the Civil War era.
* Historical Monument - 1923 saw a 50 year celebration of the first settlers to the area. This was commemorated by building a 12 foot tall pyramid which stands in front of the church.
* Grinding Stone - Near the top of the pyramid's western side is a half-shaped rock. This rock was half of the mill stone which was used by the early settlers.
Street address:
19716 487th Ave
Hendricks, SD USA

County / Borough / Parish: Brookings

Year listed: 2003

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Funerary, Landscape, Religion

Current function: Funerary, Landscape, Religion

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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