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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oldest Bells in Arizona (cast 1351)

Cave Creek, AZ - Did you know the oldest bells in North America are housed right here in Arizona?  A church is Cave Creek is home to these bells - which go back to the year 1351, a 141 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America. 

The bells were donated to the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in 1968 by Alba Heywood III.  Story from Fox News - 4/26/2011.

I ran across the story this morning and thought what great history.  I really wanted the story to be true, and it is with the exception of the oldest part.  There are many claims for the oldest bells in the New World, the Old North Church in Boston claims to have the oldest bell but the one in Cave Creek beats that claim by a mile, 1351 vs 1745. However, further research led me to discover that a church in East Haddam, Connecticut (St Stephens Episcopal Church) has a bell that was originally cast for a Spanish monastery in 815 A.D.

This by no means diminishes the beautiful old bell in Cave Creek, we should be proud of the heritage. I just like to be factual in the telling of a story.

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