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Congregational Church of Loon Lake Bell Tower - Loon Lake, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 03.758 W 117° 37.816
11U E 453041 N 5323453
Quick Description: This church may well have been the first built in the town of Loon Lake. Luckily, it escaped the fire of 1931, which levelled most of the business district.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 2:50:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMJNW9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Not much information is available on this church. However, Pages 11 and 12 of the July 26th, 1911 edition of The Pacific, a newsletter of the Congregational Churches of the Pacific Coast, states that cornerstone laying ceremonies for this church took place on the afternoon and evening of July 21st, 1911. The cornerstone was laid by Reverend W.J. Hindley, mayor of Spokane. The building was to cost $3,000 and the pastor was to be Reverend James N. Lavender.

It is unknown when the church closed. An obituary of 2005 refers to the deceased, George Foos, as having been active in the church, however. When we visited it was closed, but the locals related that it was undergoing interior renovations and was to reopen soon. Under which denomination, they did not know.

Architecturally, the wood frame church is typical of the fashion of the time, having a large bell tower offset to one corner, the building and sanctuary being a simple rectangle. This is a bell tower very much representative of its time, allowing us, without any other information, to estimate the age of the church within 10 years or less. One eye catching feature of this particular bell tower is the pronounced double angle of the roof of the spire, flattening considerably at the eaves. The fact that the vents in the tower have been covered indicates that the bell is no longer being used.

The church appears to retain its original stained glass, hung in wooden sash windows. A large vestibule has been added to the front and the wood shakes on the roof and spire have been replaced with steel sheeting, but otherwise the church appears much the same as it did on the day it was completed.

The church shortly after completion

Address of Tower:
Maple Street & Colville Road
Loon Lake, WA USA

Still Operational: no

Number of bells in tower?: 1

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

Rate tower:

Tours or visits allowed in tower?: No

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