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Park City in Stillwater County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

United Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
United Methodist Episcopal Church 7338, 7343 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2021
1. United Methodist Episcopal Church 7338, 7343 Marker
Inscription.  Settlers from Ripon, Wisconsin, established Park City in 1882, arriving just ahead of the railroad. The pious community organized a Christian club and Sabbath School within its first year. Originally, traveling ministers served Park City. Among those preaching here was Methodist circuit rider “Brother Van” William Wesley Van Orsdel. Reputedly, Brother Van delivered his first sermon in the saloon. To prepare, the bartender covered the bar and liquor display with a large canvas and built pews by placing planks across beer kegs. The Dunn & Babcock store and the school also served as venues for religious services. In 1897, residents organized a building committee to raise money for a permanent house of worship. Mrs. F. W. Lee and Miss Etha Peck took to the valley soliciting subscriptions; the Church Extension Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church also donated funds. Although the congregation initially envisioned a log church, local stonemason Manley Downs convinced the trustees that he could provide local stone as cheaply as they could cut logs. Masons pieced the irregularly shaped sandstone with the help of a gentle draft horse, who powered
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the hoist used to put each stone in place. The vernacular building’s stylistic elements the tall, narrow, pointed-arched windows, arched doorway, stone construction, and hipped-roof bell tower reference the ecclesiastical architecture of larger communities. Dedicated in June 1898, the simple yet stately sandstone church continues to serve the Park City community.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 37.826′ N, 108° 54.916′ W. Marker is in Park City, Montana, in Stillwater County. Marker is at the intersection of South Clark Street and 2nd Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling north on South Clark Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 South Clark Street, Park City MT 59063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clark's Canoe Camp on the Yellowstone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham and Carrie Erb Residence (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Yellowstone Trail (approx. 7˝ miles away); Lewis & Clark expedition July 24, 1806
United Methodist Episcopal Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2021
2. United Methodist Episcopal Church and Marker
(approx. 7˝ miles away); The Battle at Canyon Creek (approx. 7˝ miles away); Historical Downtown Laurel (approx. 7˝ miles away); Chamber Log Cabin (approx. 7˝ miles away); North School's Bell (approx. 7˝ miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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