Today I went on a heritage and wildflower bus tour with 24 other people from my church. We stopped at several cemeteries and churches (or their original sites) which were predecessors of the current church. Along the way we saw some large areas of wildflowers but we didn’t stop for photos. Boo hoo!
The first stop was at the original site of the Elroy Swedish Free Church on Berklund Farm Road near Del Valle. The building is long gone but there are four graves of original members. The church was organized in 1904 and closed in 1924 when the congregation joined the Swedish Evangelical Free Church in Austin. The name was later changed to First Evangelical Free Church.
We continued to Bastrop for a rest stop at McDonalds and drove by Bastrop Bible Church (an affiliated church) and Bastrop State Park to view some of the damage from the forest fire of last fall. Then it was on to Elgin for lunch at Meyer’s Sausage/Smokehouse.
In the Elgin area we drove by the Elgin Evangelical Free Church (1954 merger of the Kimbro and Type churches). The other one is the Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church on CR 1200. We went inside this one to see its stained glass windows, which came from a Catholic church. From here we went to the Kimbro cemetery and former site of the Kimbro Swedish Free Church. This building was destroyed by a tornado in 1944. It was rebuilt but then later moved to Elgin in 1954 when it merged with the Type church.
Back in Austin we drove by the former locations of our church on Red River and Colorado.