Churches of Cairo and Grant District

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This early 20th century postcard shows the Presby church on a very clean and cleared Smith Hill. Note the fancy Victorian top on the church steeple which is not there in later years.
For many years I was perplexed by the odd location and angle of this church. It sits on a man made shelf cut into the side of the hill and the alignment of the church is westward like. Why? After the B&O was abandoned I was walking the Railtrail from Silver Run to Cairo- before the trees grew up so high along it…. and as I was about where the old Cairo Novelty Marble factory was I looked across at the church – it was SO obvious…The church is placed to face the approaching B&O train!!! 
(Steve Ritter)  All of the detail that was removed when the current siding was installed is saved in one of the upper rooms at the church. This would include eve brackets and some lintel details above the windows, I believe. This most recent fa├žade upgrade was done in the early nineties. Most of the Architectural detail, including the tower detail and finials, were gone before my arrival.

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Church of Christ, Cairo. Shot by me in the late 1970s. The Kellar store/ Sunshine grocery was just to the right of this church when the North Bend road breaks away from rt. 31 at the edge of town
log church on Bear Run, between Old US 50 and four-lane US 50, photo circa 1970s by dean six, structure reportedly still standing in March of 2019 (Kathy Boston)

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