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St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Joe's, as it's affectionately known, has occupied the same space in Escanaba for a long time. The original was built in 1865, just two years after the founding of Escanaba. In 1873, a new building was constructed around the old at a cost of $20,000. The current church was built in 1939 and stands to this day among the iconic churches along 1st Avenue South.
'Second' Church, 1873-1938
'New' Church, 1939-present
The corner stone for the St. Joseph's Church was laid on the 31st of July 1938 and the building was dedicated the sixth of August, 1939.