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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

St. Mary's Church 1896

My mom spent hours looking out her apt. window the last year or so before she passed. She could see all the comings and going in and out of her apt. building. See who was taken in the ambulance, watch the fire trucks when someone left the hotdog burn on the stove. There was an old Catholic church right on the corner and it had a small school attached. She would watch the kids coming and going.
from mom's window

St. Mary's Church was built in 1896 and once was a very active church. But the years passed and things changed. The congregation grew smaller. The building got older and the roof started leaking, badly. It was going to cost over a million dollars to repair and they decided to tear the church down. Several smaller churches joined into one in a newer building. Mom was so excited to have a front row seat to watching them tear the building down! She would tell me all the time she'll call me when they start and I can come over and watch with her! We couldn't wait to see how they brought down that tall tall steeple!

Time went on and nothing happened. Fences were put up around it we thought this is it anytime now. Nothing happened. Heard the demolition company went bankrupt and that was the hold up. Mom passed on Sept. 30, 2014 and the church was still standing. She never got to see it torn down.

This spring a small 2 or 3 man crew slowly took it down. I drove by every now and then to check on the progress. So these pics are for you, mom.

Peggy Ann


  1. What a shame that your mom couldn't see this. On the other hand, it's a shame that the ;church couldn't be saved.

    1. They really tried to save it Jackie but it was just too much money and the congregation was just too small.

  2. It's so sad that your mom didn't live long enough to see the Church torn down. But I love that you kept riding by snapping photos, and that this post is a tribute to her.

  3. That was an ideal location for an older person, I know my mum would have loved having all that going on on her doorstep.

    1. It was, Katrina. She had a great group of ladies she sat outside with too.


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