Church of Our Savior North Platte Historical Tour: June 15th
Did you know that Church of Our Savior sponsored a hospital in North Platte at one time? Were you aware that COS also had a “North Side Chapel” for several years? Do you know where the first Episcopal service was held in North Platte? Pieces of the altar in St George’s Chapel at COS were carved from wood from two different bars in North Platte – do you know where these bars used to stand?
You can find out the answers to these questions and more as the next event for the “Year of Celebrations” at Church of Our Savior will be an Historical Tour on Sunday evening, June 15th, beginning at 6:30 pm.
The tour will start with a short prayer service on the site of the Union Pacific Hotel which stood from 1866-1869 on the corner of Front and Dewey Streets, on the north side of Front Street. It was at this location in late May, 1867, where the first Episcopal service was held in North Platte.
Following the prayer service, tour itineraries will be handed out and the tour will be self guided so people attending need to have their own transportation. There will be 13 different sites for people to drive by and see and two of the former Rectories will be open for tours – the first rectory built in 1873 and the second rectory which once stood where the west parking lot now is located at COS.
Approximately an hour to an hour and a half’s time will be allotted for the tour and then participants are invited back to the church for light refreshment and discussion of the various sites with pictures. Parish Historian Steve Kay will answer questions and present additional material about each site.
The Year of Celebrations is marking the147th year since the first Episcopal services were held in North Platte, the141st anniversary of the construction of the first Episcopal Church in North Platte on the corner of 4th and Vine which is also the location of the present parish facility, the 140th anniversary of the Charter linking Church of Our Savior with the Diocese of Nebraska, and the 50th anniversary of the Consecration of the present church building following its construction in1964.
Come and join the tour and learn more about the deep history and heritage of our parish!