St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark's Episcopal Church (HM1SMV)

Location: Cheyenne, WY 82001 Laramie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 8.148', W 104° 48.978'

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Pioneer Church of Wyoming

—A National Historic Place —

Finding "the wickedness unimaginable and appalling," the Rev. Joseph Cook organized St. Mark's Parish Jan. 27, 1868, in Cheyenne, Dakota Territory, then a railroad winter camp. The first church at 18th and Carey Avenue was dedicated in August 1868 and was the first church building erected and dedicated in Wyoming.
This present edifice was constructed in 1886 and was patterned after Stoke Poges Church, Buckinghamshire, England.
The ministry of St. Mark's is historically linked with the settling and development of the frontier west. The church register records the burial service of a cavalryman killed by Indians, the wedding of an acting governor, and use of the Parish Hall as a social and cultural center.
The Rev. George Rafter, Rector, was asked to "pray over" Tom Horn during his public hanging in November 1903.
In August 1915, the wife and three children of General John J. Pershing were buried with solemn military rites from this church. They lost their lives in a tragic fire at the Presidio, San Francisco. Hundreds of cavalry troops from Fort D.A. Russell participated in the burial procession.
On Sunday Oct. 11, 1936, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt worshipped here.
Year Placed1972
Placed ByFamily and Friends of Ruth Beggs Parker
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 515417 N 4553848
Decimal Degrees41.13580000, -104.81630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 8.148', W 104° 48.978'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 8' 8.88" N, 104° 48' 58.68" W
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Area Code(s)307, 712
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-112 W 19th St, Cheyenne WY 82001, US
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