Archive for the ‘The Bells’ Category

My first bell, Big Duke

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I was in Savannah GA for my son’s graduation from SCAD and we saw this big bell.  It has in interesting history.  There was no sign saying that you could not ring it although the lever to activate it was pretty high off the ground.  With a little boost from my son, I rang the bell.  It was LOUD and all the traffic stopped.  This set me on a new course of ringing bells whenever and wherever I find them.

This bell is huge!!

This bell is huge!!

Friendship Baptist Church

I don’t know where this one is located but here it is. Friendly little church. Nobody home.

Brush Prairie Baptist

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This bell may look familiar to some of my friends.  I spotted it a few years ago rusting away in the storage area of the tool shed.  It is the bell from the old church building that is now long gone.  This year, to help celebrate the church’s 150the anniversary, the bell was dragged out and restored by Dave Potts.  He did a nice job.  It was mounted temporarily on this pallet.  Its future location has yet to be determined.

It is heave and it took a bunch of guys to unload it and move it around.  Of course, I had to ring it.  It is moderately loud but kind of clanky.

Yale School

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On the road to Cougar you will drive past the Yale School. Stop and ring the bell. Its not going to knock you over with a mighty bong…but it gives an adequate little ring. At least it is enough to quench your thirst for a good bell ringing. Nobody around today so I didn’t even have to be sneaky.

Museum in Raymond

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If you want to see lots of art, go to Raymond. They have art displays all over the town and for a couple miles out of town in each direction. It is a sight to see, you discover stuff everywhere. While there visit the “Carriage Museum” to see a lot of cool, fully restore horse carriages…well they are really for people, but horses pull them. Down the street from that museum is a small antique store/museum dedicated to maritime stuff. It is a MUST SEE. Found several bells inside. This one was worth ringing.

1st Methodist Port St. Joe, Fla

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We were on our way back from my sister’s house in Florida and trying to stay right on the beach most of the way. We found this very pretty church with and excellent bell display right on the beach in Port St. Joe. Had to ring it. It was very loud. Nice size bell and neatly displayed.

Fossil Methodist Church

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The church is not a fossil, it is located in Fossil, Oregon. Deer were walking through town everywhere. You can dig fossils here at the local high school. We spotted this cool bell and gave it a ring. It is a loud one.

Winlock Lutheran Church

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We were doing some geocaching in Winlock and discovered this awesome set of bells. I just had to ring them.

Packwood Church

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We have passed this one by many times. Today we stopped and rang it. It is a lovely church and an awesome looking bell, but it is hard to ring and does not sound very good. You have to use a long rope hook to snag the rope.

Mossyrock Catholic Church

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We have driven by this one many times. You can see the church that overlooks a field from the highway but it is difficult to figure out how to get to it. It is a Hispanic oriented Catholic Church and it is open all the time. I just walked in and rang the bell. People in the field stopped working to see what was going on. We also hiked up the steep hill to a very large cross that is displayed on the to of the hill with “Stations of the Cross” positioned all along the trail upward.

Paterson Community Church

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Get gas in Paterson if you are driving West on 14. If you don’t, it is a long haul to the next station. We found this nice little church bell along the way. When I rang it the pastor came running out to see what was going on but we were already in the Jeep and bugging out.