Saturday, 29 July 2017

Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery and Saint James Church

This cemetery is just east of the Buffalo Trail and
northwest of Hilda, Alberta.  The records for the
cemetery have been lost, as is often the case with
pioneer cemeteries, but there are at least twenty-five
marked graves including several children.  It's
untended and mostly forgotten now amidst the
surrounding farmland.

Differing sources state that Saint James Church was
built on the site in 1924 (possibly 1919) and was in
service until 1965 (possibly the 1950s) when it closed.
After many years of neglect it was moved to the
Medicine Hat Stampede and Exhibition grounds where
it was restored to its current condition and is part of the
Pioneer Village permanent exhibit.  A happy ending
for the church.
     
A photo of the unrestored church in it's original
location can be seen here:
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2445418

More information on Pioneer Village can be found here:
http://www.mhstampede.com/venues/pioneer-village

Cemetery photographed on June 11, 2017.
Church photographed on July 25, 2017.

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church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored

church, cemetery, Medicine Hat, Hilda, Alberta, abandoned, restored


2 comments:

  1. Sad the cemetery isn't kept up but the church looks great! I have seen that sign for the cemetery before, and it always looked to me like a rocket ship at first glance.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. The church really does look great. Many of the cemeteries in the Hilda, Alberta area have those signs. Even though they aren't very big they're very noticeable.

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