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Old St. Raymondís Church

1860

 
 
Old St. Raymondís Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
1. Old St. Raymondís Church Marker
Inscription.
The Oldest Extant Catholic Church Building
In Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
This land was donated as a Catholic site by Michael Murray and Jeremiah Fallon, who was one of the rescuers of the ill fated Donner Party in the Sierra. Tom Donlan was killed during construction of the old church. All three are buried in the adjoining pioneer cemetery.
This plaque Donated and Dedicated
September 9, 1967

 
Erected 1967 by Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society, Old St. Raymondís Restoration Committee.
 
Location. 37° 42.011′ N, 121° 56.271′ W. Marker is in Dublin, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Donlon Way, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6546 Donlon Way, Dublin CA 94568, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flanagan Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Tehan Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Dobbel Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Murray-Green Homes (within shouting distance of this marker); Norris Family
Old St. Raymondís Church image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
2. Old St. Raymondís Church
Marker is mounted on a brick base in the center of the photo.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Rod R. Fallon (within shouting distance of this marker); Heritage Park & Museums (within shouting distance of this marker); Amador Valley Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
 
More about this marker. Marker and Church are located at the Dublin Heritage Center.
 
Additional comments.
1. Old St. Raymond's Church
The church was built in 1859 and dedicated in 1860. It is the oldest extant Catholic Church in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The church was originally a mission church served by a priest who rode out from Oakland on horse back. Also located in this site is the Old Murray Schoolhouse and the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery where many of Dublin's founders are buried.
The first wedding was performed in the church in 1865 and the original belfry was added to the building in 1880. The little church served the Dublin community for many years, and then stood vacant for many more. In 1966, the New St. Raymond's Catholic Church opened on Shannon Avenue. The Oakland Diocese then gave the
Side View of Church - Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
3. Side View of Church - Looking North
old church to Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society (ALVHS) to be preserved and restored. The building had many uses during its years with ALVHS. In 1993, the church was sold to the City of Dublin. Old St. Raymond's Church has experienced many repairs and restorations over the years, beginning as early as 1922. The most recent renovation began after the City acquired ownership. The improvements included bringing the building up to structural code, adding handicap accessibility, and refinishing the original redwood flooring. Throughout its many restorations, the Church's general appearance has remained unchanged from its construction in 1859.
Since the completion of the current renovation, the church has been made available for community and private use.
    — Submitted January 21, 2010.

 
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Old St. Raymondís Church image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
4. Old St. Raymondís Church
National Register of Historic Places marker can be seen mounted on the building to the left of the entrance doors.
Thomas H. Donlon's Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Susan Dobbel Sabala, September 24, 2010
5. Thomas H. Donlon's Grave Marker
Old St. Raymondís Church image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
6. Old St. Raymondís Church
1859
This property has been listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior

Dublin Heritage Center
Visitors Center
Established 2007 by
Dublin Womenís Club
Dublin Historic Preservation Assn.
City of Dublin
Boy Scout Troop 874
Dublin Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
7. Dublin Cemetery
This pioneer cemetery is located behind the church.
Jeremiah Fallon image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
8. Jeremiah Fallon
Gravesite of Jeremiah Fallon who was one of the rescuers of the Donner Party.
Dublin Heritage Center image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
9. Dublin Heritage Center
Murray Schoolhouse - 1856
St. Raymond's Church - 1859
Pioneer Cemetery - 1859
Heritage Center Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 11, 2010
10. Heritage Center Dedication Plaque
Dedicated to the pioneers of this valley
whose sacrifices and hard work contributed
to the good life we enjoy today.

The center is supervised by the
Dublin Historical Preservation Association
This plaque dedicated
October 15, 1997 by
Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13
E Clampus Vitus
Plaque is located in front of the Murray School.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,870 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on March 18, 2011, by Susan Dobbel Sabala of Gooding, Idaho.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 21, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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