Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
St. James the Apostle
Catholic Church 1940
The second Catholic Church in Las Vegas, St. James opened in 1940 in a small concrete building at H and Morgan streets (pictured left). Originally most parishioners were Latino, but by the mid- 1960's, the parish became largely black. Through the 1960's and 1970's, this church was served by a social activist clergy who helped the community grapple with the social problems of the day.
The church building expanded in 1944 with a parish hall and kitchen made from two section gang houses donated by the Union Pacific RR. Three more additions were made through 1952, while at the same time St. James helped to establish both St. Viator and Our Lady of Las Vegas parishes. St. James outgrew its home by the 1990s, and the Diocese sold the property to the Deliverance churches of Fellowship International. St. James moved to its new home on Martin Luther King at Lake Mead Boulevard. It remains a vibrant, lively church that celebrates it black identity and is renowned for its fine gospel choir. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McWilliams' Townsite (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moulin Rouge (approx. ¼ mile away); Westside School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson Street Commercial District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christensen House "The Castle" (approx. half a mile away); Moody House (approx. half a mile away); Auction Site / First Train Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
More about this marker. This site is #7 on the Pioneer Trail Route. Noted on marker: The Pioneer Trail celebrates the early history of Las Vegas, offering a glimpse of the people and places that made Las Vegas thrive.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
Also see . . . Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 5. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.