Former Smallest Church in America.

Tiny Church

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Elbe, Washington

The Evangelische Lutherische Kirche, aka "The Little White Church," measures 18 ft. x 24 ft. and seats a whopping 46. It was built by German settlers in 1906, and enjoyed a classification by Ripley's Believe It or Not as the "Smallest Church in America" (titles such as this, handed out decades ago, litter the tiny church landscape and cause no small confusion to pilgrims).

Because E.L.K. lies on the highway travelers use to reach Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park, the church is promoted as "on the road to Paradise."

The church is not open most days, but tourists can climb a convenient observation platform outside and peer through a window.

Also see: Tiny Churches: Get Out Your Magnifying Glasses

Tiny Church

Elbe, WA
On the road to Paradise.
Services held one Su a month at 2:30 pm, Mar - Nov, and on Christmas Eve. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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