Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Raytown Branch Exterior

Raytown Branch
703 Hwy 17
Canton, Mississippi
Built approximately 1906
Click for Map Location of Building


4 responses

  1. Well, there is probably a very nice little chapel in there under the siding and the windows. Has it always been an LDS branch or was it built for another church?

    August 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  2. oops – hadn’t gotten to the preceding post. I have the whole story now. Do you still have inroads with the physical facilities people to try to avoid this? There seems to be no middle path for historic buildings when they are renovated – its either a pricey total restoration for the more important buildings or something like this. Doesn’t anyone see the thrift in scraping, painting, and some weatherstripping and caulk?

    Thanks for this blog, though – you continue to turn up great stuff.

    August 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by Nelson! I don’t really have many connections for how to avoid this. I was glad to see that the building is at least still standing and in use, but sad to see that it wasn’t restored more faithfully. I should post pics of the interior – they do still have the original wall finish in there, although most everything else has been updated.

      August 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  3. Maureen

    My name is Maureen Oleta Ray Bailey and I’m a descendant of Isaac Alexander Ray, who was one of the original Mormons in Raytown. Oscar Ray was their oldest son and the first to join the church in Mississippi. I’d be interested in connecting with other Rays.

    December 24, 2015 at 9:08 pm

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