"First United Methodist Church"
In 1833, the Methodist Foreign Missionary Society sent several
missionaries to the Salem area to preach the gospel to the native Indian
people. A year later Jason Lee arrived and set up a site ten miles
north of Salem. In 1841, the missionaries moved to Salem and
David Leslie became their pastor. They served 12 different places in
Oregon until 1844. In 1852, the First Methodist
Episcopal church built a small building on the corner of church and state
streets. This was the first First Methodist church east of the
Rockies. They quickly grew out of this church and in 1870 they began
building the present structure. Due to financial difficulties, the
church wasn't finished until 1878. The building cost 45,000dollars
to make. Since then, several additions and repairs have been
made to the church. In 1983, the church was declared a
Schulbach, Harriet and Jean Hand. "First
United Methodist Church." Salem Online History Project.
8 Jul. 2003 <http://www.salemhistory.net/places/pumc01.htm>.