Church of the Immaculate Conception

Church of the Immaculate Conception (HM2MTD)

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N 47° 49.226', W 110° 40.274'

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The Roman Catholic faith came to Fort Benton even before the walls of the fort were erected. Father Jean Pierre de Smet and Nicholas Point celebrated the first mass on Sept. 27, 1846. "Black Robes" continued to serve the area irregularly until Fr. Camillus Imoda arrived in 1878, and directed completion of the first frame church of the Immaculate Conception on this site. On Dec. 31, 1905 fire destroyed the structure. The present stone church was constructed in 1907 and served the parish for sixty years.
In the tower is Michael, the brass bell which was installed in 1880. Given to the church by the Flanagans, it served Fort Benton faithfully for over one hundred years - not only calling the faithful to services but also tolling for fires, celebrations and disasters. In 1908 it rang all night, leading people to safety from the dark floodwaters of the Missouri that were flowing through the streets of its city.
Placed ByFort Benton Community Improvement Association
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Date Added Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 524609 N 5296394
Decimal Degrees47.82043333, -110.67123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 49.226', W 110° 40.274'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 49' 13.56" N, 110° 40' 16.44" W
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