Koshkonong (HMO5L)

Location: Cambridge, WI 53523 Dane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 57.177', W 89° 2.885'

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Koshkonong Prairie with its twin churches at both East and West Koshkonong is one of the focal points from which Norwegian Lutheranism spread to many parts of the American continent.

In 1844 at the request of pioneer Norwegian immigrants newly-ordained Johannes Wilhelm Christian Dietrichson came to Koshkonong from Norway. Under his leadership congregations were established and log churches built at both East and West Koshkonong. During his pastorate (1844-1850) Dietrichson traveled widely and organized a number of other congregations in the pioneer communities of Wisconsin and Illinois.

Both community and church prospered with the steady flow of Norwegian immigrants. Koshkonong became known as "Queen of the Norwegian settlements in America" and for a time in the 1870's hers was the largest single parish in the Norwegian Lutheran Church, numbering over 4300 members in the several congregations.

As a result of the predestination controversy in the 1880's both the Koshkonong congregations split resulting in four congregations in place of the former two. The merger of three Norwegian church bodies in 1917 largely restored spiritual unity to the Koshkonong community.
HM NumberHMO5L
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number11
Year Placed1969
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 4:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 332934 N 4757625
Decimal Degrees42.95295000, -89.04808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 57.177', W 89° 2.885'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 57' 10.62" N, 89° 2' 53.10" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 478 E Church Rd, Cambridge WI 53523, US
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