Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church
Texas Historical Marker

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.

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