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Rocklin in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old St. Mary’s

͠ Dedicated 1883 ͠

 
 
Old St. Mary’s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
1. Old St. Mary’s Marker
Inscription. Rocklin’s Irish community started to raise funds to build their own church – it was St. Patrick’s Day; the year, 1881. Two years later this building was completed. Archbishop Joseph Alemany of San Francisco dedicated the building as St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church on August 13, 1883.

St. Mary’s served the Catholic communities of Rocklin and Loomis for 100 years. In 1983 the congregation moved to a new facility, SS. Peter and Paul’s on Granite Drive. Ownership changed; The building served the Church of Religious Science, and later, the Baptist faith. Ultimately, Rocklin’s only remaining 19th Century public building fell to disrepair on a Front Street knoll 400 yards south of this spot.

Rocklin Historical Society

Rocklin Historical Society developed a plan to save St. Mary’s from demolition and restore her. The Keller family donated the building, the City of Rocklin established Heritage Park. On Sept. 17, 2005 hundreds of citizens pulled St. Mary’s to the park. Two years later on Sept. 21, 2007 a new steeple was lifted into place completing the restoration. More than 400 individuals and organizations had participated in the project. St. Mary’s was once again ready to serve the community as “Old St. Mary’s Chapel".
 
Erected by Rocklin Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 
Old St. Mary’s Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
2. Old St. Mary’s Marker
47.456′ N, 121° 14.314′ W. Marker is in Rocklin, California, in Placer County. Marker is on Front Street near Rocklin Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5251 Front Street, Rocklin CA 95677, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trott Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocklin (about 300 feet away); The Fletcher Moon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocklin Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Finnish Temperance Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Loomis (approx. 3.2 miles away); Loomis Town Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away); Loomis - Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocklin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rocklin Historical Society. A slide show – Photos of moving the building to its current site. First photos are of the building at its original site. (Submitted on October 4, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Saint Mary's through the Years. (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
The church was originally located at 5240 Front St. between Farron and C Streets. The church was constructed during 1882-1883. Father John Leahy was the first resident priest.
The Renovated Old St. Mary's Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
3. The Renovated Old St. Mary's Chapel
The original steeple gave way to bad weather and "irreverent woodpeckers" and was removed in 1937. In 1984, a greatly expanded parish relocated to a new church - St. Peter & St. Paul Catholic Church on Granite Drive. A corner stone from the old church rests in front of the new church.
Source: City of Rocklin - Historic Sites. www.rocklin.ca.gov/residents/history/landmarks.asp
    — Submitted October 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
Old St. Mary’s Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
4. Old St. Mary’s Chapel
Looking Southeast
Old St. Mary’s Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
5. Old St. Mary’s Chapel
Looking Southwest
Interior of St. Mary's image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
6. Interior of St. Mary's
Steeple as Noted in Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 4, 2009
7. Steeple as Noted in Marker Text
Saint Mary's image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
8. Saint Mary's
At its New Site - Prior to Renovation
Sign at Site Prior to Renovation – December 6, 2005 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 6, 2005
9. Sign at Site Prior to Renovation – December 6, 2005
St. Mary’s Restoration
A Community Project Sponsored by the
Rocklin Historical Society

Saint Mary’s is Rocklin’s oldest remaining structure built for public use. The building is being preserved by the Rocklin Historical Society for general public use such as weddings, meetings, small concerts.

A display related to Rocklin’s religious and ethnic heritage will occupy an area at the rear of the building.

As a church the building served three faiths:
Catholic, Saint Mary’s of the Assumption 1883 – 1983
Church of Religious Science 1986 – 1997
Baptist, Faith is the Victory 1997 - 2001

In 2005 the building was donated to the Rocklin Historical Society by Randolph and Sandra Keller; it was moved to the current site in Heritage Park on September 17, 2005. The designation “Saint Mary’s” is retained for historical accuracy. The building is no longer associated with a faith.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,200 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   8. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   9. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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