Cottonwood Lutheran Church Cemetery

Location
Wild Horse Trail (Hwy 232), Saint Johns, Havre MT
Havre, Hill County, Montana, 59501 USA Add to Map
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The church stands derelict among wheat fields and pastureland north of Havre, Montana. The Cottonwood Lutheran Cemetery was created in 1919 on a 5.75 acre parcel of land purchased as a burying ground for $86.25. In 1922, the congregation bought the Presbyterian Church on the Wild Horse Trail near Havre. They repaired and improved it and dedicated it as the Cottonwood Lutheran Church on 29 June 1924. Regular services were held there until October 1951, when the decision was made not to hold services during the winter; summer services continued for two years. After 1953, the church was abandoned and most of the congregation became members of the First Lutheran Church in Havre.
"Genealogy Trails" describes the location of the Old Cottonwood Cemetery (aka St. John's Cemetery) as "Wild Horse Trail/Hwy 232, Saint Johns, north of Havre, MT at Latitude 484545N and Longitude 1101748W." St John's cemetery is distinct from Cottonwood. St. John's Catholic church is located 4 miles north of Cottonwood Cemetery. From Cottonwood Cemetery, travel up the Wild Horse Road and take a right (go east) on Cottonwood Road. St John's Catholic Cemetery is located on Base Road, approximately 1 mile north of St. John's Church. Cottonwood Lutheran cemetery is located between mile markers 20 and 21 on Wild Horse Road, on the east side of the highway. It is enclosed with a wire fence, with a gate on the west side.

A Weathered sign on the old Cottonwood Lutheran Church reads:
Cottonwood Community
Homesteaded 1910
First School 1912
Cottonwood Hall 1914
Catholic Church 1978 (1928?)
Lutheran 1922
Presbyterian 1915

  • Added: 14 Sep 2016
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