St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church (HM2DJ0)

Location: Plantersville, TX 77363 Grimes County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 22.126', W 95° 52.274'

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The first recorded visit of a Catholic priest to Plantersville occurred in the summer of 1860. Infrequent worship services subsequently were held at the home of James Kelly Markey until the first church building was constructed in 1873.

An influx of Polish and German-Russian immigrants in the last quarter of the 19th century led to such growth in the congregation that Bishop Nicholas Gallagher of the Diocese of Galveston sent the Rev. Joseph Klein to serve as resident pastor in 1894. During Fr. Klein's pastorate, Cordelia Baker gave 10 acres of land to the diocese for the benefit of a German Catholic Church in Plantersville. A small building was completed and dedicated in 1894 under the name Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

After Fr. Klein's departure in 1907, the Rev. George Wilhelm became pastor, and St. Mary's divided into Polish and German congregations, with the Polish families founding St. Joseph's Church in Stoneham. The church building burned to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1917, and it was replaced the same year, under the leadership of the Rev. George Apel, with this Gothic Revival structure. Stained glass windows reflect the German heritage of the congregation, while the lancet windows, buttresses and crenellated bell tower demonstrate the building's Gothic Revival architectural influences.

Texas Historic Landmark - 2001
HM NumberHM2DJ0
Year Placed2001
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 224048 N 3363146
Decimal Degrees30.36876667, -95.87123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 22.126', W 95° 52.274'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 22' 7.5600000000001" N, 95° 52' 16.44" W
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Area Code(s)936
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8227 Cr205, Plantersville TX 77363, US
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