Calvary Cathedral
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N 43° 32.544 W 096° 43.691
14T E 683537 N 4823557
Quick Description: The history of Calvary Cathedral predates the formation of the state of South Dakota.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2006 1:02:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMCRG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
In 1872, the Rev. W. H. H. Ross, organized the first religious society in Sioux Falls -- Calvary Parish. This group built the first Episcopal church in Minnehaha County on the corner of Ninth Street and Main Avenue in Sioux Falls. At the time, Sioux Falls had a population of only a few hundred people, but was poised on the verge of extremely rapid growth.

In the mid-1880s, William Hobart Hare, first bishop of the missionary district of Niobrara (later named Missionary Bishop of South Dakota) began to seriously consider building a cathedral in Sioux Falls. He turned to the East Coast for the necessary financial commitment, and found a benefactor in John Jacob Astor of the American Fur Trading Company in New York. Astor's recently deceased wife, Charlotte Augusta Astor, had supported mission work in the territory and had been a major contributor to the construction of All Saints School for Girls in Sioux Falls. Mr. Astor offered to finance the building as a memorial to his wife, on the condition the new church be named in her honor. Bishop Hare's initial grand plans for the cathedral were scaled back by Mr. Astor, who had wanted to sponsor "a church of permanent character… not so expensive as to be a burden for its support in a new country." The cornerstone of the Cathedral Church of St. Augusta was laid on December 5, 1888 and the building was dedicated December 18, 1889. The impressive speed at which the building was constructed unfortunately took its toll, and another year was spent repairing serious structural problems. (continued at (visit link)
Marker Name: Calvery Cathedral

Marker Type: City

Marker Text: Not listed

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