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DeValls Bluff Catholic Church Named by the Historic Preservation Alliance as One of Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places in 2011 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 20:00

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in DeValls Bluff, Prairie County, was built in 1912. The parish was established in 1904 and the extant building was the second church building for this congregation. Catholic priests began serving the assemblage near DeValls Bluff in the 1870s. The history of the church is tied closely to the history of immigration in Arkansas’s Grand Prairie. Following the death of the last remaining parishioner, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church was abandoned by the Church in 1986 and was unused by the community.

In 1992, Mary Sharp purchased the structure and has actively sought to preserve it as an important piece of DeValls Bluff history. The building is in need of structural work and maintenance and is in danger due to lack of funds and lack of knowledge of its existence by many. In addition, St. Elizabeth’s Church sustained wind and water damage during the storms that swept across the South in late April 2011.

See: http://www.preservearkansas.org/index.php?page=2011-most-endangered-places  for a complete listing of endangered places.