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Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dubuque

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Built: 1886 | Abandoned: 1966
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Quincy Vagell

Immanuel Lutheran Church of DubuqueThe Immanuel Lutheran Church located in the derelict town of Dubuque, Kansas wasn’t always in the shape it’s in now. The history of the church goes back to the “pioneer days” of Kansas when in 1879 the Immanuel Lutheran Church was founded by seven charter members in the home of Herman Gerhardt Luerman. Services would continue here until 1886 when the prayers and growing need for a place of worship were finally answered. The building consists of sandstone and wood, a steeple was present above the door back in its heyday but is gone now. It opened for schooling and for worship shortly after and by 1900 they had a frame parsonage on the plot of land east of the Lutheran Cemetery to house the pastors. It stands no more.

Sometime in the 1950s, the Fairmont School school was moved onto the property just behind the church. It was used as a place for the children to go to Sunday School and for local community gatherings. The population in the area continuously faded over the years, in 1964 the congregation was just fifty persons. The once-grand Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dubuque was no longer needed and on February 13, 1966, the members of the congregation made the tough decision to close the building down. Members transferred to other nearby churches and a public auction was held to sell the buildings.

Article by AKS Photojournalist Emily Cowan.




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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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Amy Driscoll
Amy Driscoll
1 year ago

Everything that was once in the church is now at Bunkerhill museum, it is preserved beautifully and absolutely gorgeous

Vincent Lehmann
Vincent Lehmann
1 year ago

My grandparents married there and my great grandparents are buried in the cemetery

Nancy Tade Stoppel
Nancy Tade Stoppel
1 year ago

My husband’s grandfather was a pastor of this church, he is in the 70th-anniversary picture

Judy Foster
Judy Foster
1 year ago

I grew up two miles from this church in the 50s! Was a beautiful church

Geneva Lee-Adams
Geneva Lee-Adams
1 year ago

So sad to see it has been left to fall apart, it was a beautiful church!

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