Saint Mary's

Saint Mary's (HMDH)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 49.507', W 86° 15.824'

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The Roman Catholic Church in Niles traces its origin to the Indian Mission established at nearby Fort St. Joseph in the late 1600's. Reestablished at Bertrand, three miles south of Niles, in the 1830s, the mission moved into town in 1849 and was renamed St. Francis's. In 1866 the cornerstone of the present building was laid and on December 11, 1870, the church was dedicated to St. Mary. Designed by Rufus Rose of Niles with later modifications by Father John Cappon, the church was completed in 1890 with the construction of the gothic tower. Father Cappon, known as the "parish's greatest benefactor," was a Belgian-born priest who served as pastor for over thirty years. He gave generously of his large personal estate for many parish improvements.
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HM NumberHMDH
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberS0344
Year Placed1971
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 4:15am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 561142 N 4630621
Decimal Degrees41.82511667, -86.26373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 49.507', W 86° 15.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 49' 30.42" N, 86° 15' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 M-139, Niles MI 49120, US
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