As explained in the History section of this site, a Presbyterian church was
built in 1861 to accommodate the Main settlers who built the lumber business
in the area. This church was abandoned and then taken over by the
Methodists for a period of time. It, too, was eventually
abandoned. I do not have any early pictures of this church, although I
am still looking for some!
The first Catholic church in Chest Springs was actually a mission church
connected to St. Augustine's. It was a small wooden structure known
simply as the Chapel. Its first pastor was Fr. John Burns (pastor of St.
Augustine's). St. Monica's cornerstone was laid in 1889, and the church
was dedicated in 1890. The church hall was dedicated in 1892, and the
rectory followed later. The parochial school was built in 1921.
St. Monica Church &
St. Monica Church Interior - 1953
Monica Church - 1980
Monica Church 2002
(taken during the
annual Chest Springs Picnic)