The steeple for St Lorenz Church towers over the town of Frankenmuth. An old graveyard sits across the street from the church and is the final resting place of some of the towns earliest residents. In the back of the graveyard is a building constructed out of logs. It is a recreation of the original log cabin St Lorenz Church dedicated on Christmas Day in 1846. The original church was built by 15 German immigrants who came to the area in 1845. The settlers named the “colony” Frankenmuth, by combining the name of their home region, Franconia, with mut, the German word for courage.
P.S. I live and was raised in nearby Saginaw and have visited Frankenmuth many times. I just recently seen this old log building behind the graveyard. It reminds me that no mater how much I explore Michigan there is still more locations and stories to find.
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