Altenburg, Missouri

Altenburg is a city in Perry County, Missouri. The population was 352 as of the 2010 United States Census. Altenburg (German for "Old Castle") was named after the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg, from where many of its settlers came, and not the city of Altenburg which apparently did not send a single colonist to the area.

Altenburg is one of seven towns and villages in the area founded by German Lutheran immigrants in 1839. It and the others - Dresden, Frohna, Johannisberg (now New Wells), Paitzdorf (now Uniontown), Seelitz (abandoned), and Wittenberg - were all named by settlers for towns in the Saxony region of their native country. These settlers would form the backbone of what would later become the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Soon after arriving, the immigrants constructed a school in Altenburg. Made of native timber, this "Log Cabin College" introduced the new idea of a co-ed school. Today, Altenburg is home to the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum, established in 1985. 

Altenburg Public School District #48 serves the citizens of Altenburg, as well as two Lutheran schools.  Every year, the city hosts the very popular East Perry Community Fair (otherwise known as the "Altenburg Fair"). 


Properties in Altenburg, Missouri