Abandoned now for years, an empty brick shell of this church, weathers in the elements of the Palouse seasons. This United Brethren Church building,
sits in the very rural community of Elberton in Whitman County,
the wals and bell tower all appear to still be in good condition,
it just needs some tlc and windows to set it right again.
I’ve often wondered when it was abandoned,
these rural churches draw me. Usually the ones still sheltering a congreation,
are open 24/7. I love to go in, sit down, read Scripture, pray and sing.
They delight my soul.
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The property is now part of a small park.
Too bad it is public property, I’d love to buy it and renovate it into a home.
The large tree to the left in the photo is easily six to eight feet in diameter
and is one of four such trees that line the south side of the property.
The canopies of these trees are huge.
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My first visit here was during the sweltering heat of the summer, about 100° degrees and no breeze at all.
At the sound of my car door closing, a giant flock of swallows of perhaps several thousand flew out of the canopies of the huge trees, circling round and round.
The swirling mass of swallows took twenty cacophonous minutes before they settled again in the tree tops, somewhat silent.
I’ve never seen nor heard anything like it before or since!
I was one of those moments burned into my memory as a special time.
This day it was a quiet, lovely place,
bathed in the cold, pale sunshine,
of early spring in the Palouse.
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