I've been holding back on writing about Nebraska's Catholic churches for quite some time. I wanted to wait until I acquired a few history books on the subject before I started writing!
Wahoo lies in the heart of what is known locally as the "Bohemian Alps" - a stretch of Southeastern Nebraska known for it's hills, Bohemians, Catholics, and maybe a little Pivo...
Interest in beginning a Catholic parish in Wahoo can be traced back to 1877, when a local group of Catholics began planning to build a church, named after the patron of their former country, Bohemia.
Construction on the present neo-gothic church began in June of 1920 and was consecrated in September of 1923 by Bishop James Duffy of Grand Island, as the Diocese of Lincoln was without a bishop at the time. Note the cornerstone inscription, written in Czech and English.
The interior of the church has undergone a number of renovations throughout its 85 year history, most notably in the 1970s, which resulted in the removal of the old altars. Compare the two photos, the top being taken recently and the bottom dating from the 1940s. It is rumored that there is interest in acquiring a set of old altars to better compliment the architecture of the church. A complete cleaning and restoration of the art-glass windows is currently underway.
A unique capital helps support the choir loft.