March 26, 2006

Mark Twain and Old Church Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. - In his 20s, Mark Twain was well-known for his carousing at Nevada gold rush saloons, irreverent views of the establishment and a skeptical attitude toward organized religions.

Now, the creator of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer is getting attention for a little-known good deed: helping the construction of a frontier church in the 1860s.

Aside from that intersting tid bit ... an intersting point is raised ...
Church officials have said restoring the building would cost as much as $5 million, more than double the cost of building a new one, but the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups argue it would be a mistake to tear down the humble brick church.
Seems to me this is silly obligation ... why spend $5 million to fix up an old church, why not just move, or perhaps build another building on the same campus like the Falls Church did?

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