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

First Baptist Church of Bastrop

First Baptist Church of Bastrop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ross Perkins, May 8, 2013
1. First Baptist Church of Bastrop Marker
Inscription. On August 3, 1850, Elder G.G. Baggerly, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Austin, organized the Missionary Baptist Church of Bastrop with eleven members. On September 5, 1850, the new church sent its first messengers to the Colorado Baptist Association's fourth annual session in Seguin. Membership grew to 34 by 1853, and the church, in cooperation with two other organizations, shared a two-story frame structure at the corner of Pecan and Chestnut streets. The congregation met only once a month, and membership suffered during the difficult years of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The building was destroyed by fire in 1863.

By the 1880s, the Baptist church was enjoying a resurgence in membership and built a new structure on Pecan Street near the site of the 1853 building. The congregation continued to prosper in the following decades, and in 1909 was renamed First Baptist Church of Bastrop. Twenty years later, a lot on the corner of Water and Farm streets was donated to the congregation for a new building, which was completed during the years of the Great Depression. Continued growth resulted in acquisition of additional property and construction of larger facilities. By the end of the 20th century, it had become the largest Baptist congregation in Bastrop County.

From its beginning, the First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Bastrop image. Click for full size.
By Ross Perkins, April 19, 2013
2. First Baptist Church of Bastrop
of Bastrop was organized to support local, state and foreign missionary endeavors. It continues to play a vital part in mission work and to serve the community in a variety of ministries.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12528.)
Location. 30° 6.771′ N, 97° 19.124′ W. Marker is in Bastrop, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Farm Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Water Street, Bastrop TX 78602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First National Bank of Bastrop (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bastrop Advertiser (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Bastrop Military Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); H. P. Luckett House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas H. Mays (approx. 0.4 miles away); Primera Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lost Pines of Texas (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Gotier Trace (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bastrop.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ross Perkins of Cedar Creek, Texas. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ross Perkins of Cedar Creek, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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