“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salado in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Salado United Methodist Church

Salado United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
1. Salado United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1854, the Rev. Thomas Gilmore, a Methodist circuit rider, led a revival at Pecan Grove on the north side of Salado Creek. He organized a Methodist church and a Union Sunday school in a small frame building. During the next decades, the congregation met in a brush arbor and at Salado College before constructing a Carpenter Gothic sanctuary in 1890 on the corners of Stagecoach and Church streets. Initially served by pastors on the Belton circuit of the Methodist church, the congregation became part of the Salado circuit, or charge, which included churches in Bartlett, Bell Plains and Prairie Dell.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Salado circuit remained active, with an Epworth League for the church youth and a missionary, Emma Stone (Poteet) Pilley, serving overseas in Japan and China. Members also started a church library. By 1910, the circuit consisted of the Salado, Bell Plains and Prairie Dell congregations, which all continued to thrive. Each included programs such as vacation bible school and the Women's Society of Christian Service, as well as active youth and Sunday school programs. The Bell Plains church consolidated with the Salado church in 1940, and in 1951, the Prairie Dell members did the same, moving their long-time sanctuary to Salado to serve as a fellowship hall for their new congregation.

Salado United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
2. Salado United Methodist Church
a strong historic foundation of three area congregations, Salado United Methodist Church has continued to grow and thrive, contributing to its community through various programs and services. Due to area development, the church moved to this site in 2005, incorporating its 1890 sanctuary within new facilities.
Erected 2004 by the Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 13272.)
Location. 30° 56.487′ N, 97° 31.722′ W. Marker is in Salado, Texas, in Bell County. Marker can be reached from Royal Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 Royal St, Salado TX 76571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Archibald Johnson Rose (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Major A.J. Rose House (about 500 feet away); George Washington Baines House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alexander's Distillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Twelve Oaks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hermon and Margaret L. Aiken (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Salado Graveyard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Welborn Barton and Louisa Adeline Barton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salado.
Also see . . .  Salado United Methodist Church. (Submitted on March 30, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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