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THE HISTORY OF RUSH CITY BAPTIST CHURCH
Rush City Baptist Church has its roots in Swedish immigrants who began to form congregations in the region in 1885. In 1963 the congregation merged with the East Rock Creek Baptist Church and the current building was constructed in 1971 under the leadership of Pastor George Asp. In the early 1990s the church became dysfunctional and it experienced a very painful split. Through the healing ministry of interim pastor Roy Johnson, the church returned to a functioning church. The church called the last lead pastor David Melin in 1998 and he retired at the end of 2020. In 2006 the church hired Pastor Jason Karlsson, who grew up on the community, to lead the youth ministry. The church continues to pursue its mission of reaching Rush City with the Gospel and growing together in Christ.
a little about
THE HISTORY OF RUSH CITY
RUSH CITY, a city of Rushseba Township; incorporated on March 8, 1873, and reincorporated on February 16, 1909. It had a station on the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad, lumber and flour mills, elevators, and a post office established in 1870
The Rush City area was first inhabited by Dakota and Chippewa Natives who were attracted to its bountiful hunting and fishing opportunities. Later, pioneers made the area their home because of logging, fur trapping, and farming opportunities it had to offer.
The village that was soon established quickly grew in population and Rush City was incorporated on March 8th, 1873. The name "Rush" City was chosen for the abundance of bulrushes (cattails & other similar aquatic plants) that occupy the area.
Rush City quickly became a commercial hub, bustling with activity. A railroad used to bring folks across the St. Croix River from Grantsburg, Wisconsin to the booming downtown for their weekly shopping needs. On the trip home, passengers would stop at the famous blueberry patches near the river to picnic, which is how the railroad earned its nickname "The Blueberry Special." Many things have changed since the good ole days, but Rush City continues to prosper and grow in population. The city's Industrial Park is one of the largest industrial parks between the Twin Cities and Duluth, employing over seven hundred workers. The economy is also based on agri-business, health-care, education, manufacturing, retail, corrections, and tourism.