Village of Walter

We visited the village of Walter because David's great grandfather, Wilhelm Hergert, was born there in 1839.  In its heydey, the village of Walter was a mile long with a population of 6,000.  Today, its population is less than 50.  There are many mounds where previously German homes stood.  The imposing church building, originally Lutheran, stands alone in a field of weeds even though at one time it was the center of the village.  Not much is left of the road leading to Walter so traveling there means you drive through fields, hoping you're heading in the right direction! 

The interesting "road" to Walter.

The Lutheran Church built in the late 1800's presently used as a barn.

The church probably seated up to 1,500 people.

What's left of the parish house.


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