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United Methodist Church, Fortuna

You can say that the Fortuna United Methodist Church has been tested by fire. Not long after the church
celebrated its 100th anniversary, lightning struck and the sanctuary burned. A photo of the fire shows a cross
shining through the flames and clouds of smoke. Despite the heartbreak of their loss, the congregation was
inspired to rebuild by this sign in the sky. The first service in the new sanctuary was held a year later.

Dardenne Presbyterian Church, Dardenne Prairie

This is an example of a church that can trace its origins to the pioneer era yet
continues to grow today. Members of Daniel Boone's survey party were among
its organizers. Worship was first held in a store and then in a log church. In
1862, the brick church on Dardenne Creek mysteriously burned to the ground
two days after Union soldiers attended services. Worship continued under a
protective arbor until 1868 when the Rock Church was built on the present
site. Much of the present church was built in 1970 by the hands of the faithful
members, including the organ, which has 3,600 pipes. At the time the book was
published, the congregation numbered 1,500.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Weston
Services began at this red brick church in December 1844. Since then it has played host to
several prominent people who played a role
in Missouri's history. These included the Rev.
Robert James, father of outlaw Jesse James, who
preached a revival here in 1845. One early member of the church was Eliza Ann Young Reynolds, wife of Gov. Thomas Reynolds. Another
first lady of Missouri, Elnora Gabbert Park, also
worshipped here. Buried in the church cemetery
is Mary Owens Vineyard, known as Abraham
Lincoln's "other Mary." President Lincoln proposed to her before marrying his eventual wife,
Mary Todd. Services were held here until 1999.

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