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St. Mary in the Mountains: 1966

St. Mary in the Mountains: 1966

Unknowingly channeling Arthur Rothstein in Virginia City once more, I was a bit closer than he'd been to St. Mary in the Mountains Church when I took this Kodachrome slide in August 1966, and also got my mother, brother and, mostly hidden by him, my father, heading that way. I don't remember us going into the church, but another photo shows we'd parked a couple blocks down in that direction. View full size.

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Night view

Here it is at night, June 2015.

Other changes

Over to the right is the high school, and all the other grades there in one small place, plus the gymnasium. Since the Rothstein photos, the parking lot and playground have been paved and the streets down to the church and school have been done as well.

It was a great place to go to school, even for the short time I was there. It was common to see seniors playing basketball with the grade-school kids, or helping them get their galoshes on if the weather was bad. You have to like a school (and community) like that.

Swing Shifts

I note a few changes in the playground equipment, but not as many as I'd expect in 25 or so years. I see a new fire hydrant.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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