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Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Mass in Natchitoches

 
 
First Mass in Nathchitoches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
1. First Mass in Nathchitoches Marker
Inscription. “The first recorded, formal Christian religious service conducted in Nathchitoches was a holy Mass celebrated in 1716 in the open air beneath a large wooden cross. The celebrant, a native of Valencia, Spain, was Venerable Antonio Margil de Jesus, O.F.M of the Zacatecan Missions.”

“This plaque presented to Nathchitoches by the Spanish Government on the occasion of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of its founding, May 9, 1964."

(This plaque replaces the original which was lost in transit.)
 
Erected 1964 by The Spanish Government.
 
Location. 31° 45.667′ N, 93° 5.261′ W. Marker is in Natchitoches, Louisiana, in Natchitoches Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street (State Highway 1) and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 Church St, Natchitoches LA 71457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (a few steps from this marker); The Legacy of Catholicism (a few steps from this marker); The Natchitoches Parish Old Courthouse (within shouting distance
First Mass in Nathchitoches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2017
2. First Mass in Nathchitoches Marker
Marker is very difficult to see as it is located on the church building, behind several flowering trees.
of this marker); Saint Denis Tomb (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Red River Campaign (about 600 feet away); The American Transition (about 700 feet away); Ducournau Building (about 700 feet away); Ft. St. Jean Baptiste (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchitoches.
 
Also see . . .  The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. (Submitted on November 5, 2017.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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