Emanuel Lutheran Church

(785) 743-2096
South Hwy 147, Ogallah, KS 67656

The Emanuel Lutheran Church was established by early settlers from Sweden and was originally named Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church.

This church was constructed in 1902 of native limestone quarried near Threshing Machine Canyon located along the Smoky Hill Trail. Mr. P.A. Nelson quarried all of the stone for the Church and his nearby home and it was hauled 4 miles to the site of the new church. Mr. Hughes and son and Mr. August Schutte were the masons who laid the walls of the church. Mr. Knapp was the main carpenter. Mr. P.A. Nelson and his son, A.W., built the beautiful steeple. In later years this steeple was struck by lightning and burned. It was never rebuilt to its former height.

In April 2000, the still active congregation celebrated it's 100th anniversary. This historic limestone church is 7.5 miles south of Ogallah (I-70 Exit 135) on Hwy 147 on the road to Cedar Bluff Reservoir.

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