St. Olaf's - The Old Rock Church by Terence Russell

St. Olaf's - The Old Rock Church by 

Texas Historical Marker Info:

Marker #: 5035005416
Year Dedicated: 1974
The Rock Church – St. Olaf Lutheran Congregation – Built in 1886 of native stone by architect Andrew Mickelson and his brothers, Christian and Ole Mickelson. It originally had a dirt floor and planks laid on wooden kegs for pews. The bell was acquired in 1897. The church served the Norwegian settlers of this area, who were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Norse (6 miles east). In 1902, the growth of the community necessitated separation from the Norse church, and the St. Olaf congregation was organized. A new edifice was erected in Cranfills Gap (4 miles west) in 1917, and this church has since been used only for special services. Incise on back: In Memory of Otto H. Reesing 1890-1974

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    stunning mate

  • Thanks, Steve. I am replacing with a different view.

    – Terence Russell

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 4 years ago

    Love the light on the old brickwork / stonework. Have to say I also enjoyed your description too, Terence.

  • Thanks, David my friend. I always enjoy pleasing my great friends and fans!

    – Terence Russell

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    wow Terence … this is just an incredible image … it’s amazing to me that such a place even exists … so isolated and lovely!!!! Gorgeous capture of the light!!!!!

  • Thanks, Lois. I was so very pleased my wife told me about it. One of the people from the area was very close to her at one time, now deceased.

    – Terence Russell

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 4 years ago

    Fabulous image,,great comp and colors

  • Thanks, Elfie for being so sweet!

    – Terence Russell

  • wwyz
    wwyzover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image! I love the perspective you’ve chosen at the meeting of the roads and the light is incredible.

  • Thank you, Leanna. I always enjoy such insightful comments!

    – Terence Russell

  • Nik Watt
    Nik Wattover 4 years ago

    That’s gorgeous.

    The colours of th shot above are much better than the ones on the illustrated card!

  • Thanks, Nik. The church on the card is the one to where the congregation moved. I am not all that pleased with that picture. I’ll hopefully will take a better photo sometime, as it is not all that far away!

    – Terence Russell

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Good capture of this little church and love the way you have the light and I assume sunset off to the left!! Great work! Is it a stone church?

  • Thanks, Ciana. I is made of stone. I took a picture of the inside, as well, and plan to upload it sometime soon! Keep an eye out, my friend.

    – Terence Russell

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    nicely done..

  • Thanks so much, George!

    – Terence Russell

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture Terence :)

  • Thanks, my friend.

    – Terence Russell

  • Kerensa Davies
    Kerensa Daviesover 4 years ago

  • Wow! Such a grand and wonderful honor.

    – Terence Russell

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