St. Mary's Catholic Church Historical

St. Mary's Catholic Church Historical (HM1W9H)

Location: Clarendon, TX 79226 Donley County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 55.897', W 100° 53.201'

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The community of Clarendon was established in 1878 as a Protestant community by Methodist Minister Lewis Henry Carhart. The construction of the Fort Worth-Denver railway in the Panhandle in 1887, and the selection of Clarendon as a division point on the rail line to Denver, brought an increase in population to the area. The newcomers included Irish and German immigrants many of whom were Catholic.

Priests periodically conducted Catholic worship services in public buildings or homes, traveling great distances around the Panhandle. In March 1892 a church site was purchased by Bishop Thomas Francis Brennan in Clarendon from R.E. Montgomery. The one-story wooden frame church building, completed in July 1892 and named St. Mary's Catholic Church, served a wide area.

St. Mary's Academy, a two-story Catholic school, was constructed here in 1898. Day and boarding students attended the school until its closure in 1911.

St. Mary's Church sanctuary fell into disrepair as membership declined in the 1930s and 1940s due to depressed economic conditions. Catholics of this region restored the building. The first Catholic Church in the Panhandle, the church was designated in 1951 as the Shrine of Our Lady of the Panhandle.
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HM NumberHM1W9H
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14341.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 327683 N 3867084
Decimal Degrees34.93161667, -100.88668333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 55.897', W 100° 53.201'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 55' 53.82" N, 100° 53' 12.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 604 Montgomery St, Clarendon TX 79226, US
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