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Kountze in Hardin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First United Methodist Church of Kountze

 
 
First United Methodist Church of Kountze Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
1. First United Methodist Church of Kountze Marker
Inscription. The town of Kountze developed in the 1880s, after the Texas and New Orleans Railroad was built through this area. The county seat, which had previously been located at the town of Hardin, was moved to Kountze in 1886.

Soon after the town's creation, a group of worshipers led by the Rev. James S. Murphy joined together to organize a Methodist congregation. Land was acquired in 1887 from P.S. Watts, and plans were made to erect a sanctuary to be used by all denominations. The cornerstone was laid on May 11,1888, and the first church building in Kountze soon was completed. Worship services were held on alternate Sundays by Methodists and other denominations. Murphy continued to serve as circuit-riding minister to the Methodists until December 1888, when he was succeeded by the Rev. V.A. Godbey.

The Methodist Church in Kountze continued to grow over the years. Sunday School and missionary programs were organized, and in 1940 the congregation became a full charge in the denomination, with its own full-time pastor. A new sanctuary was built in 1951 to serve the growing congregation. The church has been a part of Kountze history for over a century.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11152.)
 
Location. 30° 

First United Methodist Church of Kountze Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
2. First United Methodist Church of Kountze Marker
22.158′ N, 94° 18.66′ W. Marker is in Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 69 and State Highway 326, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 69. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kountze TX 77625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church of Kountze (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hooks Abstract Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Courthouses of Hardin County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hardin County (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
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Inscription on Front Side next to main entrance image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
3. Inscription on Front Side next to main entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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