ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

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Created by seagirl7
4 months ago
After yesterday's response to the history I shared about a historic cabin, I am a little reluctant to share more history. Here it is anyway. I drove by this church this summer during a brief visit to Anaconda, Montana. The church was called, St. Peter's Austrian Roman Catholic Church for a long time. This striking building was built in the High Victorian Gothic style back in 1898. Anaconda was surrounded by many mines and was the site of a huge ore smelter just outside of the town. There were a number of men who worked at the smelter that had immigrated from the Slavic nations that were part of the Austrian Empire. There was an Irish Catholic Church in the area but Father John Pirnat convinced the diocese to built this church for the Slavic residents. Gathering together in a church they were familiar with, helped ease the Slavic families transition into the American way of life. Father Pirnat held services there for fifty years.

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