Marble Community Church

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Richard Ryer on August 20, 2007

Greetings Kerstin, Thanks for visiting the new addition under Crystal Mill. This little church sits in the town of Marble, Colorado. Of all things, they quarry marble for statues and building. The quality equals that of fine Italian marble. This church is very well maintained and is very nice inside, although I did not take any interior pictures. There was a Sunday social taking place in the rectory behind the church so it felt like a community kind of day. I must say this church comes no where near the church you just posted, but it has its charm.



Richard Ryer on August 22, 2007

Greetings Bruce, This church is the centerpiece of Marble. Marble is a typical mountain town based on tourism and the marble quarry. So there really isn't a lot of money around for the locals. There do appear to be some rich folk who have built get away mansions because the area is so beautiful, but that doesn't really help the overall economy of the town. But every body goes to the church and makes sure it is in great condition. It really is a gem in the valley.



Niksa Sovran on August 26, 2007

Lovely church, interesting to see that church is made from wood, in here we use only stone and bricks...

Richard Ryer on August 26, 2007

Greetings Sovran, Thanks for visiting the Marble Chapel. It really is a lovely, well kept chapel with roots going back over 100 years to the start of mining in the area.



Arma Angers on September 27, 2007

well, thank you Rich, it was just an allusion to your comments about food and drinks since muslims can't eat or drink during day time when it's ramadan : I wondered in my joke attempt if you weren't making these greedy remarks under the pressure of your essential body needs ; of course not a real assumption about your possible religion, nor about my own. anyway thanks alot for your kind answer.

Have a great day too.

Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 15, 2007

Lovely shot! Pretty chapel in a lovely surrounding, Rich! I wonder, when they have a marble quarry near, that they didn't use marble for the chapel. But I guess, it's because it was faster to build it with timber. But there could be many other reasons. :)

Cheers, May

Richard Ryer on November 15, 2007

Greetings May, Thanks for visiting the chapel in Marble and commenting. You're digging back a few pages to find this one! The valley where Marble sits didn't take off that way the Aspens and Leadvilles and Crested Buttes did. Those towns were going for power so they built stone buildings to prove they were survivors and power centers. Poor old Marble never hit the big time to need a large church built from the local stone. There weren't any rich sponsors to back a project like that. So the little town boomed and then busted. The marble quarry is still there and in operation, producing some of the finest marble in the world. But the crew is smaller and much more mechanized. So Marble just has a small year round population that caters to the tourist trade and moves along at a much slower pace than nearby Aspen and Carbondale. It is a beautiful valley and I am sad I missed the changing colors of autumn due to other obligations, but they will still be there, the same as always.



Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 16, 2007

Thank you very much Rich, for your great information. I love to hear background story to the photos. It makes us see them more profondly.

Cheers, May

Richard Ryer on November 16, 2007

Greetings May, You're welcome. It is fun to give a little background to a photo if I have any useful information. Colorado history is odd compared to the rest of the civilized world. The four corners area of the state has old ruins from the Anasazi Indians at Mesa Verde. Throw in some petroglyphs and that's about it for ancient history. The Spanish Conquistadors didn't find us of much use. The local indians were nomads and moved as nature dictated leaving no signs of passage. Then a couple of hundred years ago we got settled in the gold and silver rush days. So I guess what we lack in the rich history you find in Europe we can make up a little bit in our countryside scenery.



Margrit M. Berger (S… on November 16, 2007

Thanks again, Rich! Even if there aren't many traces left of history and old buildings, there has been history written in the stones. And no matter, who has lived there, how many people have passed Colorado on their Earthen time, it's part of the wonderful nature there. - European history has been bloody. What I love very much in Europe, are the wonderful buildings, which are witness of the ingenuous side of humanity. Kind regards, May

Heiner F. on December 22, 2008

Hi Rich! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Cheers, Heinrich

Faintlightofdawn on February 14, 2012

charming church, nice photograph Rich, liked, best wishes, Fai

Richard Ryer on February 18, 2012

Greetings FAI, Thanks for the visit and the comment. It is really a nice church up in the west slope hill country. Cheers, Rich

begley3 on February 21, 2014

what ? no pics of the actual quarry ?

Richard Ryer on February 21, 2014

Greetings Begley, Unfortunately they won't let you go up to the Quarry. There are tons of marble pieces all over the place, but you can't get up on the hillside to the source. I would love to go to the Quarry and see how they mine the rock. Cheers, Rich

nunila77 merche on August 24, 2014

Saludos Richard. Resulta muy agradable esta iglesia, que tiene aspecto de ser de madera. LIKE. Feliz semana. Saludos desde Madrid.

Richard Ryer on August 25, 2014

Greetings Nunila,Thanks for the visit and the wonderful comment. This small community church in Marble is made entirely of wood. It has a warm and friendly feel when you go inside. I am glad you like it. Take care and have a great day. Cheers, Rich

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