St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Backstory and Context
Marcus Daly founded Anaconda in 1883 around a smelter he built that processed copper ore from the Anaconda Mine in Butte. The smelter was the main economic driver for the town, attracting workers and businesses. As a result, Anaconda grew rapidly. Among those who arrived were Episcopalians who were ministered by priests from Deer Lodge or Butte. The bishop in Helena also visited the town. For the first several years before the church was erected in 1890, the congregation met in another church and even above a saloon. Interestingly, during a baptism at the saloon, water for the ceremony was poured from a beer mug.
The rocks used to build the church were from a quarry close to Garrison, which is 35 miles away. In 1892 the church was forced to close as a result of the smelter shutting down and the priest moved to Nebraska for three months after not getting paid. Fortunately, St. Mark's reopened the next year and a new priest joined the congregation. Margaret Daly donated a pipe organ to the church in 1896.
DeHaas, John N. "St. Mark's Episcopal Church." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. December 29, 1978. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/6c9d8aee-516e-4965-a342-5cecc3013684.
"St. Mark's Episcopal Church." VisitMT.com. Accessed June 17, 2020. https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/registered-historic-site/st-mark-s-episcopal-church.html.
Jon Roanhaus, via Wikimedia Commons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Deer_Lodge_County,_Montana#/media/File:Saint_Mark's_Episcopal_Church_NRHP_78001682_Deer_Lodge_County,_MT.jpg