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Description: Annunciation Church sits on the southwest corner of Poplar and East 7th. Started in 1879, the church was dedicated on New Year's Day, 1880. The steeple is a masterpiece of intricate carpentry, a weblike interweaving of timbers built to last for centuries. A great bell which weighs 3,026 pounds is 11,000 feet above sea level. It is called "St. Mary" and was installed in 1885. The church and rectory cost $40,000. The prominent "Unsinkable Molly Brown" was married in the church on September 1, 1886, and the funeral services for Baby Doe Tabor were held here in 1935. In every photo of Leadville, the spire is a directional landmark. The church is generally unlocked and you are welcome to visit being careful not to interrupt any services which may be taking place.
*This text is from the walking tour of Leadville at http://www.leadville.com/walktour/ - a great resource for local information.