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Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

La Capilla del Gila

First church of the Assumption

 
 
La Capilla del Gila Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
1. La Capilla del Gila Marker
Inscription.  This first Catholic Church in central Arizona, built in 1870 by Father Andre Echallier, was called "La Capilla del Gila". In 1883 a larger edifice commemorating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was constructed to the west: a convent was added to the original Capilla, which then became a school. After fire destroyed the new church in 1893, the old chapel served worshipers until the third church was dedicated in 1911. All the region's earliest Catholic Churches, including Phoenix and Tempe, were originally missions of this Florence parish.
 
Erected by Pinal County Historical Society and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Arizona, Historic Florence Walking Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 33° 2.059′ N, 111° 23.088′ W. Marker is in Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on East 8th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
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is at or near this postal address: 223 East 8th Street, Florence AZ 85132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Suter House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Kee Residence (about 600 feet away); Walker – Oury House (about 600 feet away); Conrad Brunenkant Building (about 600 feet away); Jesus Martinez House (about 600 feet away); Michea House and Lone Star General Store (about 600 feet away); Carmen Michea House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Regarding La Capilla del Gila. This site is #4 on the self-guided Historic Florence Walking Tour.
 
La Capilla del Gila image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
2. La Capilla del Gila
La Capilla del Gila image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
3. La Capilla del Gila
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,133 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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