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Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

 
 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  St. Paulís Episcopal Church, Fort Bentonís oldest church, is the oldest Episcopal Church in Montana. In continuous service since August 11, 1881, it appears today almost as it did upon opening. Architecturally, this Gothic style building is a fine example of the small community churches being built in Montana at that time. But its story illustrates the difficulties of civilizationís arrival on the raw frontier. After Bishop D. S. Tuttle established a congregation here in 1879, its members held services in the schoolhouse, a saloon, and finally in the courthouse while raising money to build a church. The building fundís first substantial contribution even came from the East, from the Rev. Joseph Coit, headmaster of St. Paulís School in Concord, New Hampshire. Thus the church was named St. Paulís. Here worshipped notable Montana pioneers including W. G. Conrad, C. E. Conrad, Joseph A. Baker, and Paris Gibson. Note the leaded stained glass lancet windows, all placed as memorials and each a work of art.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places
St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 49.134′ N, 110° 40.376′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street and Choteau Street, on the right when traveling north on 14th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 14th Street, Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named St. Paul's Episcopal Church (here, next to this marker); Chouteau County Courthouse (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church of the Immaculate Conception (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Church of the Immaculate Conception (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Chouteau County Courthouse (about 800 feet away); Bank of Northern Montana (approx. ľ mile away); Masonic Building (approx. ľ mile away); Stockmen's National Bank (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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