West Union Baptist Church

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West Union Baptist Church
West Union Baptist Church - Oregon.jpg
Location22365 NW West Union Road
Hillsboro, Oregon
Coordinates45°34′25.42″N 122°54′24.98″W / 45.5737278°N 122.9069389°W / 45.5737278; -122.9069389Coordinates: 45°34′25.42″N 122°54′24.98″W / 45.5737278°N 122.9069389°W / 45.5737278; -122.9069389
ArchitectWilliam Kane
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #74001725[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 10, 1974

West Union Baptist Church is a Baptist congregation and historic church structure in West Union, Oregon, United States.


The Baptist congregation was founded in 1844 and met in the home of pioneer David Thomas Lenox until 1853, when he donated 2 acres (8,100 m2) of his land for a church and cemetery.[3][4][5] The one-story, Classical Revival style building was built of hand-sawn lumber on what is now West Union Road for a little over $1,500.[2][6] The 30- by 40-foot (12 m) structure has cedar rafters, fir joists and sills of hand-hewn fir logs.[5] On December 25, 1853, the building was dedicated by the Reverend Ezra Fisher.[6] It is the oldest Baptist society and the oldest Protestant church building still standing west of the Rocky Mountains.[3][5] Pioneers Caleb Wilkens and George W. Ebbert are buried at the cemetery,[4] which is the oldest cemetery in the state.[3]

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and is currently maintained by the American Baptist Churches of Oregon.[7] Previously the otherwise unused building was the site of an annual memorial meeting, but the church now holds regular Sunday services.[8]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Historical Tour: West Union Baptist Church". Hillsboro Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  3. ^ a b c Buan, Carolyn M. This Far-Off Sunset Land: A Pictorial History of Washington County, Oregon. Donning Company Publishers, 1999.
  4. ^ a b Historic names mark old gravestones. The Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976.
  5. ^ a b c "The West Union Baptist Church". Portland, Oregon: Temple Baptist Church (from McMenamins Pubs Newsletter. 2003-2004 edition.). Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  6. ^ a b Norman, James B., Jr. (1991). Portland's Architectural Heritage: National Register Properties of the Portland Metropolitan Area (revised 2nd ed.). Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-87595-241-0.
  7. ^ "Abbreviated 2005 Directory, Part B" (PDF). Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  8. ^ "Church History". Portland, Oregon: Temple Baptist Church. Retrieved 2008-06-04.

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