Immaculate Conception Church in 1906 -- Ft Smith AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 35° 23.002 W 094° 25.126
15S E 371137 N 3916482
Quick Description: A city historic marker at the site of the Immaculate Conception Church downtown.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 1/19/2015 7:28:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMN8N6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member arkansas stickerdude
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Long Description:
A city marker tells the history of this beautiful landmark church.


The first Catholic Church in Fort Smith was a log structure at North Third and D St. The church of St. Patrick was dedicated March 5, 1848. Bishop Andrew Byrne had purchased a square mile of land on the outskirts of Fort Smith in 1847, upon which stood the abandoned Fort Belknap, which had been commanded by future President Zachary Taylor. In 1853, five Sisters of Mercy arrived from Ireland and established a convent and school. During the Civil War they cared for the sick and injured of both sides. A white frame church erected at the head of Garrison Avenue in 1867 served the congregation until damaged by a deadly January 11, 1898 cyclone. The magnificent red brick and cut-stone church designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding was dedicated on June 1, 1899.
History of Marker:
City marker installed in 2003

Link to Marker: Not listed

Additional Parking: Not Listed

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