Bethany Lutheran Church (Oilmont, Montana)
Bethany Lutheran Church
|Location||.25 miles south of Gus Blaze Rd.|
|NRHP reference #||93001375|
|Added to NRHP||December 14, 1993|
After the Great Northern Railway built a line through the area, Scandinavian immigrants began to settle in Toole County. The immigrants brought their religion with them, and starting in 1885 the Lutheran Church developed a presence in the county. The influx of immigrants reached its peak in the 1910s; it was in this decade, in 1911, that Norwegian settlers formed the congregation which became Bethany Lutheran Church. The congregation initially met in members' houses and the local school, but in 1916 it acquired land to build a church on. Economic difficulties stalled construction plans until 1923, when the congregation's Ladies Aid group bought a church building to place on the site. The church building was moved to the church's land the next year, and final construction was completed in 1925. The church remained active until 1960, when its congregation merged with St. Luke's Parish in Shelby.
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