Wyoming’s First Church Was Consecrated 149 Years Ago Today
The congregation was actually formed several months earlier when Reverend Joseph Cook held the first service in a camp near the recently established railroad depot. In August, construction began on their first building, which was located on the corner of 18th Street and Carey Avenue.
In 1886, a new santcuary was erected on 19th and Central. Inspired by the Stoke Poges Church in London, the Old English-style structure was built using Castle Rock rhyolite, marble and wood. The iconic bell tower was added in 1925.
Over the years, St. Mark's has hosted several historic events, including a visit from President Franklin Roosevelt, a vigil for outlaw Tom Horn, and a memorial for the wife and daughters of General John Pershing.
The building is also purportedly haunted by the ghost of a mason who fell to his death during the construciton of the bell tower. According to a popular legend, the man's body was sealed inside the tower wall.