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Bowen Community Church

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1909. 10 miles south of Monte Vista on Colorado 370, 2 miles east of Colorado 15

Originally Methodist but now eager for any worshippers, this church stands alone and unused beside a back road. Its white-painted grooved siding rises into a soaring, flared spire topped with a Scandinavian metal ornament. Strikingly simple, it is a stark tombstone for the deceased agricultural town of Bowen (1883–1901).

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Bowen Community Church", [Monte Vista, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 430-430.

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