- Grotto of the Redemption
s and minerals which make up the grotto is over $4,308,000. 100,000 people visit the Grotto each year.
Paul Dobbersteinbegan construction of the Grotto in 1912 and continued year round for 42 years. Father Dobberstein used the knowledge and skills gained during construction of his first grotto honoring Our Lady of Lourdes, while training at St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wisconsin. His method was to set fancy rocks and gems into concrete. In 1946, Father Louis Greving began helping Dobberstein with the construction. The Grotto covered an area the size of a city block when Dobberstein died in 1954. Construction continues to this day and has been maintained by Deacon Gerald Streit since 1994.
Father Dobberstein's works are believed to have inspired
Mathias Wernerus(who also attended St. Francis Seminary) to build the Dickeyville Grottoin Dickeyville, Wisconsinin 1930, thus starting the grotto building movement in America.
The Grotto of the Redemption is featured in the
David Lynchfilm " The Straight Story".
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlrMYQ6z-Yk Video Tour of the Grotto of the Redemption]
* [http://www.westbendgrotto.com/ Official website]
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