Wetzel Log Cabin Church

(785) 238-1666
Spring Valley Rd and Hwy 18, I-70 exit 300, Junction City, KS 66441
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The historic Wetzel cabin was built in 1857 for a former army dragoon, Louis Kettlass. After he died the C.F. Wetzel family moved into the cabin in 1860. At the time the cabin cost $225. The home stood near Clarks Creek, about 8 miles southeast of Junction City. On August 17, 1861, the first congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in Kansas was organized in this cabin. F.W. Lange used the home to lead the first Lutheran worship service. The cabin was restored in 1955 by the Lutheran Kansas Layman's League. In the past it had been maintained by the Kansas Lutheran Historical Society. The Geary County Historical Society has since taken over the ownership of it. The home has been moved twice in the past years from it's original location ans was moved to it's new location at the Spring Valley Historic Site in the spring of 2004.

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