First Presbyterian Church

category : Historic Churches
First Presbyterian Church Included on Howard County's historic church tour is the First Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in St. Paul. On October 26, 1879, the Reverend G.L. Little, missionary, met with 12 local people to organize the First Presbyterian Church of St. Paul. Church lots were given them by Howard County. A frame building, 34 x 56 feet, cost about $4,000, and was dedicated on April 13, 1881.

On February 19, 1905, this church was destroyed by fire. The organ, bell, and communion set were all that was saved. The bell weighs 612 pounds and cost $200 in 1881. This bell tolled at the death of President Garfield in 1881. It also rang in 1900 to proclaim the end of a smallpox quarantine.

The cornerstone of the present building was laid on September 19, 1905; the building was completed in 1907. The stained glass windows have been dedicated at various times in memory of loved ones. The present organ, a third one, was installed in 1979.

The present congregation recognizes the beauty and historic value of the building and is trying to make it handicapped accessible without destroying its appearance.

Address: 816 Indian Street

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Howard County Courthouse

Howard County was established in 1871, the same year St. Paul was established and named the first county seat. In 1877 the first courthouse was built. By 1912 county officials were interested in replacing the aging building. Construction began in 1912

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Baseball Sites

Besides the Museum of Nebraska's Baseball Greats be sure to see these other baseball-related sites and events. * Historic Baseball Mural - Howard Avenue on the historic Cushman Building in the city park. * American Legion Baseball Fields - Declared as some of the best in the state.

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Howard County Historical Village

St. Paul's Historical Village consists of seven antique buildings which display a wealth of artifacts from county history. Farwell Danish Lutheran Church - Some of the rich Danish heritage in Howard County is reflected in the Farwell Danish Lutheran Church. At one time, there were 12

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Howard County Historical Church Tour

Some of the rich ethnic heritage of Howard County is seen through its historic churches. At one time, the county had 12 Danish Lutheran churches. This tour includes 10 churches that have stood the test of time to bring the beauty and history to generations for over 100 years. 1

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