The Cradle of Catholicism in Western NevadaKnown as the "Bonanza Church" because of the rich silver mines of the last century, this Mother Church of the Comstock Lode traces it history to 1858 when the Rev. Joseph Gallagher (1821-87) offered the first mass in Nevada. His brother, the Rev. Hugh P. Gallagher (1815-82), opened the first church in Virginia City in 1860. Destroyed by the winds of the following winter, this church was replaced in 1864 when the Rev. Patrick Manogue (1831-95) erected a new church a block away from here. The present church, originally built in 1868, was seriously damaged in the Great Fire of 1875 but rebuilt in 1876. Today St. Mary's stands here as a treasure of the old west and is now recognized as a National Catholic Historic Site.
|Placed By||The International Order of Alhambra|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:19pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||11S E 271626 N 4354425|
|Decimal Degrees||39.30911667, -119.64873333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 18.547', W 119° 38.924'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 18' 32.82" N, 119° 38' 55.44" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 304-398 E St, Virginia City NV 89440, US|
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