Details for Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church (Atlas Number 5061003887)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5061003887


Marker Number 3887
Atlas Number 5061003887
Marker Title Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church
Index Entry Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church
City Santa Maria
County Cameron
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 616209
UTM Northing 2884366
Subject Codes eccesiastical buildings; churches; religious leaders; Roman Catholic denomination; Gothic Revial (Architectural style)
Marker Year 1977
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location From Bluetown, take Highway 281 west about 1 mile.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A rare South Texas snowstorm marked the cornerstone laying ceremonies for this church building, Dec. 29, 1880. The Gothic Revival edifice was constructed of bricks made at nearby El Rancho de Santa Maria, owned by L.J. Hynes, who gave land for the church. Built from plans drawn by Father Peter I. Keralum, O.M.I., the structure was dedicated June 29, 1882. The wooden steeple was blown off during a 1933 hurricane. Residents of Bluetown, Santa Maria, and neighboring communities worshiped here.