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Big Timber in Sweet Grass County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2021
1. St. Mark's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  The settlement of Big Timber coincided with the advent of the Northern Pacific Railroad, which steamed into the Yellowstone Valley in 1882, spurring settlement along the line. In 1884, Rev. Alfred Brown, an Episcopal minister from Livingston, held the town’s first Protestant church services in the local schoolhouse. The Rev. J. F. Pritchard of Livingston soon began conducting regular services and the Congregational church hospitably shared its facilities. With the encouragement of Rev. Pritchard in 1892, the Episcopal women’s guild began plans to build St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The name was changed in 1895 to St. Mark’s and a subscription paper circulated, raising $900. St. Mark’s cornerstone was laid in the fall of 1895. Rev. Pritchard and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Leigh R. Brewer, Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal District of Montana, Idaho and Utah, conducted the first services in February of 1896. St. John’s Episcopal Church in Butte and individuals in Chicago and Waterton, New York, donated many of the interior furnishings for the $2,215 building. By 1899, the diligent fund-raising efforts of the women’s guild had cleared the debt. The beautiful
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Gothic Revival style stone building, designed by F. S. Hornbeck and constructed by skilled craftsmen under local builder O. M. Lanphear, reflects the English roots of the Episcopal church. Masterfully cut and fitted native limestone, the characteristic vertical emphasis of the Gothic style and exquisite stained glass make this truly an architectural gem. Historically significant as the town’s oldest standing church, St. Mark’s remains a handsome memorial to the dedicated members of its founding congregation.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
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. 45° 49.895′ N, 109° 57.225′ W. Marker is in Big Timber, Montana, in Sweet Grass County. Marker is on West 4th Avenue near Hooper Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 West 4th Avenue, Big Timber MT 59011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carnegie Public Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bonanza or Bozeman Trail (approx. half a mile away); Clark camps at Little Timber Creek
St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2021
2. St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Marker
The marker is on the door.
(approx. ¾ mile away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. ¾ mile away); "...all in blume..." (approx. ¾ mile away); Clark the Cartographer (approx. ¾ mile away); A busy three days in Sweet Grass County (approx. ¾ mile away); Elk, Rochejhone, Yellowstone (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Timber.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2021
3. St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 27, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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