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Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

First Presbyterian Church

Main Street Historic District

 
 
First Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Charter members George and Helen Miles bestowed this land on the church in 1882. Since that time the First Presbyterian Church has occupied this space. Church trustees met in 1911 to discuss the construction of a larger $30,000-$40,000 church. Pastor Reverend J. Forsythe Smith reasoned that a new house of worship would “provide better social advantages, better intellectual advantages, and better moral and spiritual advantages.” In addition to a larger worship space, the modern facility would include a Sunday school and choir room. Architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the concrete and brick edifice on the same site as the old church, which was sold and relocated to face North Prairie. Western Granite and Marble Works of Miles City donated the cornerstone, laid on November 26, 1914. C. N. Strevell gifted the main stained glass window fronting Montana Avenue. The oak finished, 871-pipe Estry organ was specially designed to fit the organ chamber. Dedicated in 1917, this impressive Gothic Revival Style church conveys a sense of stability and permanence.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
First Presbyterian Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. First Presbyterian Church and Marker
The marker is above the lower window to the right of the entrance.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.512′ N, 105° 50.58′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Business Interstate 94) and North Montana Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Main Street, Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furstnow House (about 700 feet away); Kennie / Howe House (about 700 feet away); Kelly Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carriage House Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ulmer House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cresap/Smart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmanuel Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. First Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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