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Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

 
 
St. Patrick's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
1. St. Patrick's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. Originally located near Dr. Jones apothecary and destroyed by fire, during which chalice and other sacred appurtenances were carried to safety by “Auntie” Moran in her voluminous apron. Present edifice financed by gold dust collected by the miners and begun in 1858 by the pastor, Rev. Father J. Motter, “The Church Builder of Calaveras County,” and dedicated Sunday, November 3, 1861, by the Most Reverend Joseph Adoc Alemany, Archbishop of San Francisco.
 
Location. 38° 8.374′ N, 120° 27.987′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from Sheep Ranch Road 0.1 miles east of Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 Sheep Ranch Road, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heinsdorff Bakery (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall (about 700 feet away); Site of E.C.V. Saloon (about 700 feet away); The Compere Store (about 700 feet away); E Clampus Vitus (about 700 feet away); Maj. James D. Savage (about 700 feet away); John Murphy (about 700 feet away); William Gordon Huff (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Murphys.
 
More about this marker.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Front View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
2. St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Front View
Marker is to the right of the front door.
 
Regarding St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Constructed of locally-made brick in Gothic Revival style on land donated by Dr. Jones.
 
Also see . . .  Murphys Town History. A short history of Murphys, including a small piece on St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. (Submitted on February 11, 2009.) 
 
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St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Rear View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 7, 2009
3. St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Rear View
St. Patrick's - View from Northwest - Photo Courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey image. Click for full size.
By William H. Knowles, May 30, 1936
4. St. Patrick's - View from Northwest - Photo Courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey
The HABS data card describes the church as. "One and 1-half story red brick of modest Victorian Gothic. Steeply gabled roof & brick pier buttresses on exterior give feeling of strength & largeness. Pointed, arched windows with simple tracery & stone sills lend grace; gabled porch with simple wooden pillars & small belfry add quaint charm."
 
 
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