Heavy Snows Damage Multiple Historic Buildings in Idaho, Oregon

 

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Photo by Timothy Bishop

Historic property owners across the country contend with fires, floods, tornadoes, landslides, and hurricanes, but it’s rare you’ll hear about major damage and destruction from snow. That’s just the case, though, for many people in small towns and mountain hamlets across Idaho and Oregon in recent weeks. Several historic structures have suffered from a collapsed roof or been reduced to rubble after multiple winter storms dropped several feet of heavy snow and ice. Now owners and preservationists are left scrambling to determine the steps for repair—if that’s even possible.

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Along the River Road: Churches and Religious Sites in St. James Parish, Louisiana

Some of my earliest memories were formed at St. Michael the Archangel Church on the River Road on the east bank of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The Gothic red brick building seemed monstrous to me as a child—the inside dark, solemn, and intimidating. I recall lighting candles in the grotto for loved ones I’d lost, burying relatives in the centuries-old cemetery, and frequently dipping my fingers in the Holy Water.

So when I walked into the church this past December, this time for a story, all my memories came rushing back to me with the smell of candlewax and old carpet, and the spirits of my grandparents, who were members for decades. It’s the smell of my youth, and the smell of history.

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