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Mt Angel City


The Mt. Angel City hall is located at 5 Garfield Street, Mt. Angel, OR 97362; phone: 503-845-9291.

Mt. Angel was named Filmore when fifteen German-Catholic pioneer families settled within a seven mile radius of the Low Butte now known as Mt. Angel in 1883. The town which consisted of little more than a railroad station was renamed Mt. Angel after the motherhouse in Engelberg, Switzerland. The town remains predominately Catholic. In 1908 it was decided to build a new and substantial church of concrete to replace the earlier wooden structure. The architect, Mr. Engelbert Gier, a local parishioner, designed the building and supervised its construction. When finished, the church measured 180 feet in length, 94 feet in width at the transept and featured a tower 185 feet in height. At its completion it was said to have been the grandest church in the Northwest. [1]

  1. Gregg Olson, State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon State Parks, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Angel, Marion County, OR, nomination document, 1975, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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