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Two Old Lutheran Cemeteries on Olive Boulevard

I came across two very old and historic Lutheran/Evangelisch cemeteries at the corner of Olive Boulevard and North Warson Road. The first, which you can see above and below, is the cemetery of Immanuel Lutheran Church, which dates all the way back to 1844.

This church traces its origins to Zion Evangelisch in 1838, and the original cemetery we visited earlier this year, tucked on a residential street in Des Peres.

The church’s original name was the Evangelisch Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, but they shortened their name to Immanuel later.

The cemetery has some obviously very old monuments, and some newer ones in harder stone, such as the one below, which looks to be granite.

The other cemetery, across North Warson, is St. Paul’s Evangelisch Church, which like the church across the road, was formed out of a congregation to the south by people who grew tired of traveling so far on Sundays.

Tracing its roots to 1843, it branched off from what is now known as Parkway United Church of Christ. Honestly, it gets really confusing between Evangelisch (Evangelical) and Lutheran because of the interference of the German government in religion during the Nineteenth Century.

St. Paul’s Cemetery is much smaller, but its age and history shows in its gravestones.

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