Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church is located in Washington (state)
Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church
Location Elbe, Washington
Coordinates 46°45′52.49″N 122°11′39.44″W / 46.7645806°N 122.1942889°W / 46.7645806; -122.1942889Coordinates: 46°45′52.49″N 122°11′39.44″W / 46.7645806°N 122.1942889°W / 46.7645806; -122.1942889
Built 1906
Architect Killian,Rev. Karl
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP October 8, 1976

The Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church is a small church in Elbe, Washington. The land and lumber to build the church were donated by German immigrants Henry and Clara Lutken. The main building of the church is 24 feet by 18 feet, but the steeple rises 55 feet, and is topped with an iron cross. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[2]

The church was listed by Ripley's Believe It or Not! as the world's smallest functional church.[3][4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Filley 1996, p. 14
  3. ^ "The Smallest Churches and Chapels", Family Motor Coaching (Family Motor Coach Association), March 2009 
  4. ^ America's smallest roadside churches, MSNBC, July 10, 2006 


  • Filley, Bette (1996). The Big Fact Book About Mount Rainier, Dunamis House, ISBN 1-880405-06-7.

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