Posted by: Rosie | June 8, 2012

Church of the Stolen Bell


When my husband was doing some research, he found this very funny story, and I found some of my old paintings of churches. Seemed to make a perfect match:

Canadian Pacific Railway made some route changes –

“When the CPR announced the move to Revelstoke in 1897, the company also offered to move free of charge any buildings to anywhere along its line. Rufus Kimpton, knowing that Donald would soon be a ghost town moved with his family to Windermere. His wife missed the church at Donald so much that Rufus went back and got it for her, moving it by wagon and barge to its new location in Windermere. However, the church had already been promised to the town of Revelstoke and when a group of Revelstokians arrived in Donald ready to move the church, they found that it had mysteriously disappeared. When they learned that the church had been taken to Windermere, they wrote letters demanding its return. Windermere didn’t respond to the correspondence, and they too had been victims of a theft. While the church had been on route to Windermere, someone at Golden had stolen the bell out of it. Windermere had no better luck getting its bell back than Revelstoke had getting the church back.


Therefore, at Windermere, there was St. Peter’s, the “Stolen Church” and at Golden, there was St. Paul’s, the church of the “Stolen Bell”. Resentment simmered between Windermere and Golden for more than half a century over the bell, until one night in 1957, a group from Windermere, sneaked into Golden and stole back the bell, even going so far as to hold a parade in honor of their achievement. However the church officials at Windermere didn’t believe that two wrongs made a right and the bell was soon returned to Golden.”,_British_Columbia




  1. Lovely art. I got in my mind a good feeling. It is a “funny” that this morning I published a post presenting bells.

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