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South Dakota Historic Sites

Historic Churches

Big Springs Baptist Church, Alcester, SD

Historic Significance:
The first Swedish immigrants came into this area in 1868. They built sod houses to withstand the blizzards of the winter. P. A. Ring, an evangelist from Sweden began preaching there in 1869 and in July the Big Springs Baptist Church was formed in the Ring barn. Christopher Silene and Ragnar Arlander were among the significant preachers in the early years of this ministry. Big Springs is the oldest Baptist Church in South Dakota and continues a strong ministry to this day.

Address and Directions:
Take I-29 South from Sioux Falls, SD to Highway 46 (Beresford exit). Go East till you come to Hwy 11. This will go through the town of Alcester. Continue south for about 4 miles and follow the signs to Big Springs.

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