Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes

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Eveleth, Minnesota

In the 1930s Father George Delia, the new priest for the Italian parish at Eveleth's Immaculate Conception Church, constructed the Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes, a replica of the miracle Lourdes Grotto in France. Built from native rock with alcoves, statues, and plantings, the Catholic "Ave Maria" shrine was enough of a local landmark to merit a vellum postcard for tourists for a few decades.

The three Catholic parishes in town eventually merged into one (Resurrection Church); Immaculate Conception was closed and the property sold in 1987. Though the building was dismantled, as recently as 2012 the grotto was still standing in the backyard of a house. In 2018 we checked with the public library a few blocks away, and locals told us the grotto was no longer there. We received a visitor tip in 2020 that it was still there, in a backyard.

Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes

810 Jones St., Eveleth, MN
810 Jones St, in a backyard. If still there, it's on private property.
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