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Near Daniel in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Prairie of the Mass

 
 
The Prairie of the Mass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2014
1. The Prairie of the Mass Marker
Inscription. Rev. Pierre DeSmet (1801-1873) was born in Belgium but came to America in 1821, joined by the Jesuit Society and began his work with the Indians. In his work, he established 16 treaties, crossed the ocean 19 times and traveled 180,000 miles on his errands of charity for the Indians who knew him as “The Sincerest Friend”. On July 5, 1840, in the presence of 2,000 Indians, trappers and traders he offered the first Holy Mass in what is now Wyoming on an alter (sic, altar) of native stone decorated with wild flowers. In Father DeSmetís own words: “It was a spectacle truly moving to the heart of a missionary that his immense family, composed of so many different tribes should prostrate themselves in equal humility before the “Divine Host.” The monument of this site was erected in 1925 and a commemorative Mass is offered in July. On July 4, 1940, the 100th anniversary of the first Mass, a Pontifical high mass was offered by the Most Rev. Bishop McGovern assisted by more than 30 priests and attended by about 2000 people.
 
Erected by Wyoming Travel & Tourism.
 
Location. 42° 50.437′ N, 110° 3.652′ W. Marker is near Daniel, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on U.S. 189 near DeSmet
The Prairie of the Mass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2014
2. The Prairie of the Mass Marker
Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Daniel WY 83115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green River Rendezvous (approx. 1.9 miles away); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pinckey W. Sublette (approx. 2 miles away); First Holy Mass in Wyoming (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rendezvous - Birth of an Empire (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fort Bonneville (approx. 5.3 miles away); Welcome to the Riparian Community of Duck Creek (approx. 6.4 miles away); A Pause on a Journey (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Daniel.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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