Monday, 4 June 2018

Congregational Church and Cemetery at Gros Ventre-Tothill


A long forgotten church and cemetery just north of the Cypress Hills in Alberta. The old church collapsed some years back but I like to stop for a look every now and then. Still looks good...especially in springtime.








9 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. This church is currently in a state of transition.

      Delete
  2. I hate to see churches abandoned, let alone collapse, but such things happen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All of the old churches in the area are gone now, except for Saint Margaret's.

      Delete
  3. Hard to tell it was ever a church. A lovely setting though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In its first life it was a log home. Then it was moved to the current site, an addition built and it opened as a church.

      Delete
  4. I think there is something natural and appropriate about buildings that slowly and eventually collapse. Nothing lasts forever but it sure beats being torn down or burned. I didn't know we had any congregationalist churches left as they merged with Methodists and others to form the United Church of Canada.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Speaking personally...I like watching is disintegrate in a most beautiful way.

      There are a few other Congregational cemeteries not too far away...all of them are abandoned.

      Delete
  5. David Carter sent me the following email:

    "Bob Brown and I cleared the cemetery over 15 years ago - and my youngest daughter Maureen helped. The cemetery marker was once the granite base of a POW headstone in Hillside Cemetery - Michael Anctil of Medicine Hat Monumental did the engraving and placed the stone - via donations in jam jar at back of St Margaret's."

    That same granite base was used to place several other cemetery markers in the area.

    ReplyDelete