St. Paul, Oregon

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St. Paul is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. It is named after the Saint Paul Mission founded by Archbishop François Norbert Blanchet, who arrived in the Oregon Territory in 1838 to minister to the Catholic inhabitants of French Prairie.[3] The population was 354 at the 2000 census. The city is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

French Prairie settlers built a log church near this locale in 1836.[4] On January 6, 1839, Father (later Archbishop) Blanchet celebrated the first Catholic mass in Oregon at St. Paul, when he blessed the log church and dedicated it to St. Paul.[4]

St. Paul Roman Catholic Church was built in 1846 and is the oldest brick building in the Pacific Northwest.[5]

St. Paul post office was established in 1874.[3] The city was incorporated in 1901.

Pioneer cemetery

St. Paul Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1839, is the burial location for William Cannon, the only authenticated Revolutionary War veteran buried in Oregon.[6][7] He had arrived in Oregon in 1811 as part of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company.[6][7] His is the only grave marked with an upright headstone in the cemetery.[8] Only one other grave is marked; the rest of the grave markers were mistakenly bulldozed in the 1930s.[9]

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