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Duchesne in Duchesne County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

Aug. 29, 1769 – Nov. 18, 1852

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2013
1. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Marker
Inscription.   According to one tradition, the Duchesne River was named after Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne. Mother Duchesne and the Catholic Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, had started schools in Missouri. The children of many of the early pioneer trappers and explorers had attended her school. Among them was the niece of Gen. William Ashley, Anne Stegar, who became a nun in her community. Mother Duchesne was also the godmother for Gen. William Clark’s daughter. Gen. Clark was from the Lewis & Clark expedition. It can be a real possibility that one of the early travelers through the Uintah Basin named the Duchesne River after this very holy and well respected nun.
Mother Duchesne came to America in 1818. She and her nun companions settled in St. Charles, Missouri to start a school and train teachers.
Her greatest desire was to work among the Indian Nations. She was only able to realize that desire at 71 and for only on year because of poor health. The Potowatomi People called her “the woman who always prayed.”
Because of the recognized holiness of her life Pope John Paul II, is canonizing her a Saint in Rome on
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2013
2. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Marker
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this 3rd day of July, 1988.

This monument is the Eagle Scout project of Lavern Michael Musigh, III of Troop 970.
Sponsored by the Men’s Club of St. Helen’s Church, Roosevelt.
The funds donated by friends from the Uintah Basin and Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Erected by Eagle Scout project of Lavern Michael Musigh, III of Troop 970.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1988.
 
Location. 40° 9.789′ N, 110° 23.631′ W. Marker is in Duchesne, Utah, in Duchesne County. Marker is on U.S. 40, 0.1 miles east of East 3rd Avenue, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in a small triangular park between U.S. Highway 40/191 and East Main Street on the east edge of Duchesne, just west of the Duchesne City Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duchesne UT 84021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father Escalante (here, next to this marker); Duchesne (approx. half a mile away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Additional markers dedicated to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.
 
Also see . . .  Rose-Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852).
Philippine and four other Religious of the Sacred Heart forged
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ahead. In 1818 she opened the first free school west of the Mississippi. By 1828 she had founded six houses. These schools were for the young women of Missouri and Louisiana. She loved and served them well, but always in her heart she yearned to serve the American Indians. (Submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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