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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

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1875–1885. 152 County Rd. 4145, 10 miles east of Cranfills Gap

The stone church, all that remains of the early Norwegian settlement of Norse, was erected by contractor Gunerius Shefstad. The rectangular stone nave has external buttresses, all of which were veneered in brick in 1907, and pointed-arched windows. The frame tower over the entrance has an eight-sided spire.

Cleng Peerson, known as the “Father of Norwegian Immigration” in America, arrived in America in 1821, selecting land for Norwegian immigrants in the Midwest. He came to Texas in 1849 and in 1853 led a group that established the Norse settlement in Bosque County. Peerson died in 1865 and is buried in the church’s cemetery. The dry-stack stone wall between the church and cemetery extends a quarter-mile north to the Kari and Sedsel Quested Farm, built between 1855 and 1870, an inaccessible National Register compound of Norwegian stone structures.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Our Savior’s Lutheran Church", [Clifton, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 262-263.

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