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Historic churches live on as museum, cultural center in Iowa city

February 08, 2011

In 1990, Clinton, Iowa-- then a city of 29,000-- boasted five historic parishes. Two decades later, two of the parishes have been demolished, and a third is part of a Catholic school. The fourth has become a Catholic museum, and the fifth was deeded over to the county historical society for $1 for eventual use as a cultural center.

A contemporary structure, dedicated in 2009, now serves as the city’s sole parish. The parish is located in the Diocese of Davenport, led by Bishop Martin Amos since 2006.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Feb. 13, 2011 8:54 PM ET USA

    Good thing we had that "Spirit of Vatican II" moving through the Church. Otherwise, who knows what sort of decline might have happened in Clinton! Oh. Wait...