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Gaylord in Otsego County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

St. Mary's Catholic Church

 
 
St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 8, 2010
1. St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  Side A
St. Mary's Church began as a mission of the Catholic diocese of Grand Rapids. The first church was built around 1884. The parish grew to become a predominantly Polish congregation while under the pastorate of Father Casimir Skory (1892-1905). In 1893 Father Skory founded St. Mary's School, which was served by the Dominican Sisters. Father Skory was instrumental in the planning and construction of this church in 1900.

Side B
The Neo-Gothic St. Mary's Catholic Church has been a Gaylord landmark since it was dedicated on September 15, 1900. When the Diocese of Gaylord was established in 1972, the church became the cathedral. The diocese built a new cathedral in 1976 and closed St. Mary's. In 1985 a local group, fearing the building would be razed, purchased it for use as a performing arts center, which they named the Mount Carmel Centre.
 
Erected 2005 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 2149.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion
St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, July 2, 2022
2. St. Mary's Catholic Church Marker
Side B
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Education. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 45° 1.747′ N, 84° 40.638′ W. Marker is in Gaylord, Michigan, in Otsego County. Marker is at the intersection of North Otsego Avenue and West Mitchell Street, on the left when traveling north on North Otsego Avenue. The marker can be found 1 block north of West Main Street (State Highway 32). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 147 North Otsego Avenue, Gaylord MI 49735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Otsego County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elk, Oil and the Environment (about 700 feet away); Gaylord, Michigan (about 700 feet away); First Congregational Church (approx. Ό mile away).
 
St. Mary's Catholic Church and Marker - from the southeast image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 8, 2010
3. St. Mary's Catholic Church and Marker - from the southeast
St. Mary's Catholic Church - from the northeast image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 8, 2010
4. St. Mary's Catholic Church - from the northeast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   2. submitted on July 5, 2022, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 15, 2022