St. Peter’s Catholic Church is nestled atop one of the many ridges in the coulee region. The self-proclaimed “Jewel on the Hill” has a rich history and represents a welcoming community to her members. This breathtaking church was officially opened in 1899. Before that time, the area was considered a mission of nearby St. Joseph’s Ridge. A mission school operated in Middle Ridge for nearly 10 years before St. Peter’s Parish was established and continued to operate in the basement of the church until St. Peter’s School of Middle Ridge was built in 1908.
The church was given the name of St. Peter, dedicated to the Prince of the Apostles. St. Peter’s Church has been cited as one of the finest structures ever erected by any comparable size parish throughout the nineteen counties of west central Wisconsin which now make up the Diocese of La Crosse. The cornerstone of the present-day church was laid in 1920 and the Church was open for worship on Palm Sunday of the following year. The brick and cut-stone building dominates the immediate countryside of Bohemian Valley and Dutch Creek, but it’s bell calls worshipers from miles away.
This antique beauty is home to a vibrant community of young and old alike. It hosts an annual “Sauerkraut Supper” every October, and is known for the home-cooking of that community event.
Next time you happen to drive by this Jewel on the Hill, stop and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the scenery, and thank God for His handiwork.
You are welcome here.
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