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Cheyenne in Laramie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Pioneer Church of Wyoming

 

A National Historic Place

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
1. St. Mark's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. Finding "the wickedness unimaginable and appalling," the Rev. Joseph Cook organized St. Mark's Parish Jan. 27, 1868, in Cheyenne, Dakota Territory, then a railroad winter camp. The first church at 18th and Carey Avenue was dedicated in August 1868 and was the first church building erected and dedicated in Wyoming.
This present edifice was constructed in 1886 and was patterned after Stoke Poges Church, Buckinghamshire, England.
The ministry of St. Mark's is historically linked with the settling and development of the frontier west. The church register records the burial service of a cavalryman killed by Indians, the wedding of an acting governor, and use of the Parish Hall as a social and cultural center.
The Rev. George Rafter, Rector, was asked to "pray over" Tom Horn during his public hanging in November 1903.
In August 1915, the wife and three children of General John J. Pershing were buried with solemn military rites from this church. They lost their lives in a tragic fire at the Presidio, San Francisco. Hundreds of cavalry troops from Fort D.A. Russell participated in the burial procession.
On Sunday Oct. 11, 1936, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt worshipped here.
 
Erected 1972 by Family and Friends of Ruth Beggs Parker.
 
Location.
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
2. St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Marker
41° 8.148′ N, 104° 48.978′ W. Marker is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker is on Central Avenue near West 19th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1908 Central Avenue, Cheyenne WY 82001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named St. Marks Episcopal Church (a few steps from this marker); First United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cattle Barons & Business Giants (about 600 feet away); The Cheyenne Opera House and Territorial Library (about 700 feet away); The Cheyenne Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Suffrage Tablet (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Cheyenne Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cheyenne Builders and Architects (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cheyenne.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on the West 19th Street side of the church.
 
Also see . . .  Ghostly Legends of Cheyenne - Legends of America. ... two Swedish men were hired to complete the tower. However, when it was forty feet high, the two masons simply disappeared. When new workers were hired they immediately began to complain of hearing strange
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
3. St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Marker
tappings, the sounds of hammering, and whispers coming from the very walls of the tower... the church once allowed public tours of the tower around Halloween. A psychic who visited during this time reported sensing two spirits in the tower...
(Submitted on June 18, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church before the bell tower was added. image. Click for full size.
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4. St. Mark's Episcopal Church before the bell tower was added.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 18, 2016.
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