St. Mary's Church - McCracken, Kansas
Beautiful St. Mary's Church in McCracken, Kansas, is no longer active, but is being preserved by a local foundation. There is no regular mass, but the church is still used for occasional weddings, funerals and other events. Mass is still celebrated about once a year. The building is not open regular hours, but when we visited the nearby McCracken Post Rock City Jail Museum, the docent called volunteers, who met us and showed us around.
The construction of the present church took from 1922 to 1926 and stone from the previous 1906 church was incorporated in the basement and foundation. The church was active until 1998, when the Catholic parishes in Liebenthal, McCracken, and Timken were restructured. The Saint Mary's McCracken Heritage Association organized in 1997 to preserve the building and make keep it available for special occasions.
McCracken, Kansas has a population of about 200 people and the community is still proud of its churches and heritage. The town was used as locations for several scenes in the 1973 feature film, Paper Moon, staring Ryan and Tatum O'Neal.
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