Dresden, Perry County, Missouri

Dresden, Perry County, Missouri
Abandoned village

Location of Perry County, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
Township Brazeau
Elevation 564 ft (172[1] m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Dresden is an abandoned village in Brazeau Township in Perry County, Missouri.


Dresden was named after Dresden in Saxony, Germany, the city where Pastor Martin Stephan's church was located and where his movement had originated.[2]


Dresden was a short-lived town near Altenburg, Missouri, one of the seven colonies established in 1839 in the Saxon Migration.[2] Pastor Carl Frederick Wilhelm Walter ministered to the village of Dresden. A log-cabin Lutheran seminary “college” was founded 1839 at Dresden by J. F. Bürger, T. Brohm, O. Fuerbringer, and C. F. W. Walther; classes, however, soon moved to Altenburg.[3][4][5] Most of Dresden's inhabitants came from Dresden, Germany. After Martin Stephan's downfall, it was assigned for a time to the care of C.F.W. Walther, but most of the other pastors lived there, since at first it contained most of the habitable dwellings of the first Saxon settlers. It must have immediately adjoined Altenburg, probably on the south, because the "special partition" between them for a while was unfixed, and in 1841, when C.F.W. Walther left to take over his brother's church in St. Louis, it was made a subsidiary parish or branch of Altenburg. This probably marked its end as an independent settlement. The famous log cabin erected for the college in 1839 is originally said to have been located within the territory of Dresden, but is subsequently always spoken of as Altenburg, where it is proudly exhibited today.[2]

Coordinates: 37°38′N 89°35′W / 37.63°N 89.58°W / 37.63; -89.58


  1. cartographic.info http:// cartographic.info/usa/map.php?id=736914
  2. 1 2 3 State Historical Society of Missouri: Perry County Place Names http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay_perry.html
  3. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod http://cyclopedia.lcms.org/display.asp?t1=l&word=LUTHERANCHURCH-MISSOURISYNOD.THE
  4. Robert Sidney Douglass (1912). "History of Southeast Missouri: A Narrative Account of Its ..., Volume 1".
  5. Margot Ford McMillen (1994). "Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names". ISBN 9780826209726.

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