Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, West Side of Lake Calhoun, Pierce’s Grove Map
Find it today: Turn off of Lake Street and go south on West Calhoun Parkway along the west side of Lake Calhoun. Shortly after turning you will see a large grassy area on the right side (west side of Calhoun Parkway) - this was the location of Pierce's Grove.
To locate the approximate Cedar Lake Train Station site where campmeeting attendees would arrive, from Cedar Lake Avenue (this runs along the south side of Cedar Lake), turn north on the Kenilworth Bike Trail - the station was along the west side of the trail shortly before the present waterway which connects Cedar Lake with Lake of the Isles - approximately here.
THE MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING. By Eld. Geo. I. Butler. This meeting, like the one in Wisconsin, was not nearly as large as it would have been but for the heavy rains in the Northwest, which have made the upper Mississippi the highest known for twenty years, and destroyed much property. The number encamped on the ground was upwards of four hundred and fifty. The place of meeting was very pleasant – the same as last year – and the weather most beautiful.
Most of those present were strangers to me, though a few years ago I was well acquainted with most of the brethren in the State. This is because of the large increase in numbers of the Sabbath-keepers in this Conference. Perhaps in no other has there been such a rapid growth.
The preaching was plain, and well received. A spirit of solemnity and seriousness succeeded the somewhat light and frivolous spirit manifested by some at the beginning of our meeting. An effort was made to impress upon all the nearness and certainty of the Judgment, and the importance of the religion of Jesus Christ, plain and simple as he taught it himself. If we as a people are backslidden and far from God, it is simply because we have failed to live out the principles Jesus our Saviour taught and practiced. There is no other way by which we can climb up and succeed in entering into the desired haven. There is no new patent which will bring us to the end victorious. The self-denying, cross-bearing way alone leads to the pearly gates.
On the Sabbath nearly two-thirds of the congregation came forward for prayers, between two and three hundred, at least. The meetings in the tents were most interesting and profitable, and real good was accomplished. On Monday, also, nearly as many came forward, and a good work was done. Eighteen were baptized.
Sunday there was a smaller attendance, I think, than at any meeting I have attended this year. We did the best we could, however, to interest those who came. The camp being several miles from the city, and few who lived there having teams, it was difficult to get to the meeting.
At this camp-meeting about $1,300 in pledges and money was raised for our institutions, and good was accomplished by presenting before the people the importance of these institutions. The Spirit of the Lord witnessed to the work, and all seemed cheerful and happy while pledging liberally for the cause. This effect is always seen when our people take hold to support our institutions. Being so closely connected with the cause, their prosperity is identical with the prosperity of the cause. One of the first things to be done as prosperous times return is to free our College and Tabernacle from debt, and to relieve the Office and Sanitarium from the pressure under which they have labored during the hard times. Our people have given liberally to stablish these institutions, and God has made them a great blessing to the cause, and has blessed the donors. And he still blesses those who labor for their prosperity. So we have found wherever we have tried it this season. Many of those who pledged for the support of these enterprises had never before taken stock in them. Such persons will love these institutions more, now that they have something invested in them. We also raised about $200 on a tent and camp-meeting fund.
It did not require special urging to secure these pledges. They were obtained simply by showing the relation these institutions sustain to the cause, and by appealing to the reason and consciences of the brethren. The means flowed freely from the heart, and was cheerfully given. God will bless the cheerful giver.
Our meeting closed with the best of feeling. Many said it was the best camp-meeting they had attended for years. At the last, the business matters dragged so as to somewhat injure the interest; but on the whole we had an excellent meeting which I trust will be of profit to the cause.
ELDER GEORGE I. BUTLER, June 25, 1880 (date of letter)
Reported Review and Herald, July 1, 1880.