This is the second cache in a five-part series chronicling the history of the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation in Bismarck. This cache is placed as part of my final project for HIS 350, “Intro to Public History” at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. This cache is located near St. Alexius Hospital, which was founded by the Sisters.
In 1885, seven additional Sisters from St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph, Minnesota came to Bismarck to establish the first hospital in what was then Dakota Territory. For this purpose, Abbot Alexius Edelbrock purchased the Lamborn Hotel on Sixth Street and Main Avenue. At a dedication ceremony on May 3rd, 1885, the building was renamed the Lamborn Hospital. At the ceremony, Abbot Alexius placed the hospital under the patronage of St. Alexius. In 1887, after fully paying off the building and receiving the title to it, the Sisters renamed it St. Alexius Hospital.
By 1915 the hospital had moved to its current location on Ninth Street and Thayer Avenue. The same year, the Sisters began a three-year nursing program to help Sisters who wanted to work at the hospital obtain their degree. This program continued until 1962, when it was folded into the Mary College (now the University of Mary) nursing program. In 2016, the hospital joined with other Catholic healthcare facilities in the state and became part of the CHI St. Alexius Health regional healthcare system.
BYOP. Access to this cache may be inhibited when there is snow on the ground. Happy Hunting!