Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska — Northwest
Immaculate Conception Church
By August, 1904, when a Catholic priest arrived in Fairbanks, all choice lots in the center of town were taken. Father Francis Monroe, a Jesuit missionary, selected land at the edge of town, bordering the Chena River. The first Roman Catholic Church in the interior of Alaska, a small frame building, was hastily constructed during September and October.
Two years later, a hospital was built across the river by the church. To consolidate their community services, the Very Reverend Raphael Crimont, the Prefect Apostolic of Alaska, directed in 1911 that the church be moved across the river. The contractor engaged to move the church intended to construct a bridge over the river. Father Monroe vetoed the plan and took charge. The church was rolled across the ice and set on its present site in November.
The Immaculate Conception Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1976.
Erected by National Endowment for the Humanities, Alaska Heritage Resources Survey. (Marker Number FAI-030.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is April 3, 1976.
Location. 64° 50.715′ N, 147° 43.322′ W. Marker is in Fairbanks, Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Marker is on Cushman Street south of Illinois Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 Cushman Street, Fairbanks AK 99701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnette's Landing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Founding of Fairbanks (about 500 feet away); Lacey Street Theater (1939) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wickersham Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairbanks Public Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cushman Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Line" (approx. Ό mile away); Suter House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairbanks.
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