BLESSED MOTHER SHRINE - North Buena Vista, Iowa
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The-DuHawks
N 42° 40.833 W 090° 57.273
15T E 667585 N 4727369
Quick Description: This shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary is located in a very small town in Iowa. The town has an estimated population of 93 and known to the locals as "BUENIE". The town is located on the Mississippi River north of Dubuque, Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:18:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM4RHC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
Views: 34

Long Description:
Monsignor Anthony W. Sigwarth, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in North Buena Vista, Iowa, during the years of 1937 - 1945 conceived the idea of the "Buena Grotto", planned it, supervised the work done. During his years of retirement he came to North Buena Vista, (known to the locals as BUENIE"} almost every week, weather permitting, to look at the grotto, to make suggestions, and to plan additional shrubbery.

There is a cross on the high hill directly above the Grotto which is lite at night.

Monsignor Sigwarth died in 1985.

A short poem by Monsignor Sigwarth.

N ever quite a town so romantic and unique
O n the Mississippi's banks as the town of which I speak.
R ibbons of roadways here converge.
T o form a town where the waters surge,
H ere sighteers, sportmen and villagers converge.

B uena Vista, Spanish for Beautiful View,
U p on green hills and down by the springs!
E everyone here is happy and sings!
N ever complaining of sadder things-
A nd the world loves them for it, too.

V isit the picturesque town's country store.
I n the shade by the river, catch a fish from the shore.
S ee the beautiful grotto, by the road, so fair,
T he church in the village quite beyond compare.
A nd also - there are two taverns there.
Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Statue Location: Blessed Mother Shrine

Entrance Fee: Free

Artist: Monsignor Anthony W. Sigwarth

Website: Not listed

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