Texas 31 43.693' N 97 41.399' W Directions: Start at the intersection of FM-291 and CR-4230. The marker is on the southeast side of the intersection. 917
Text: (May 17, 1782-Dec. 16, 1865) Called the "Father of Norwegian Immigration to America", Cleng Peerson migrated to the United States from his native Norway in 1821. He traveled extensively and encouraged his countrymen to settle on land he selected in the east and midwest. Coming to Texas in 1849, Peerson discovered Norwegian families living near Dallas and located sites where others might move. In 1853 he led a group to Bosque County, beginning the large Norwegian settlement in this area. Peerson lived on the O. Colwick Farm (.5 miles south) until his death. He is buried in the church cemetery at Norse.