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Near Clyde in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area

 
 
First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 16, 2014
1. First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area Marker
Inscription. Alexander Charles Garrett (1832-1924), a native of Ireland, came to Canada as an Anglican missionary. Later he moved to San Francisco, and then to Omaha, Nebraska. In 1874 he was sent to Dallas as bishop of the Northern Missionary District of Texas. Here he served an area of 100,000 square miles, traveling mostly on horseback or in horse-drawn vehicles.
     Capt. John Trent, born 1839 in South Carolina, moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1875 with wife, children, and other relatives. The family built a log house here at Tecumseh Peak and raised sheep and cattle.
     Going to market in Dallas, Capt. Trent met Bishop Garrett, who offered to visit him at his ranch. In a first effort the bishop lost his way, but the next year found the homestead. Neighbors thronged in, and on Feb. 23, 1878, an Anglican service was held for the first time in these wild mountains.
     Later Bishop Garrett was presiding bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. On the centennial of his birth (1932), churchmen, led by the Rev. Willis Gerhart of Abilene, joined with Masonic bodies of Dallas and this area in erecting the cross at this site to mark his visit of 1878.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2069.)
 
Location.
First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 16, 2014
2. First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area Marker
View to east from FM 1178
Alexander Charles Garrett Memorial is located behind the marker
32° 14.249′ N, 99° 36.302′ W. Marker is near Clyde, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1178 0.1 miles north of County Road 218, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clyde TX 79510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alexander Charles Garrett Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Physician J.D. Windham (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fletcher Ranch (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lytle Gap Potosi Methodist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Cedar Gap Community (approx. 9.1 miles away); Taylor County (approx. 9.4 miles away); First Exploratory Oil Well in Taylor County (approx. 9.7 miles away); Jim Ned Creek (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
View to South Along Farm to Market Road 1178 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 16, 2014
3. View to South Along Farm to Market Road 1178
View to North from Farm to Market Road 1178 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 16, 2014
4. View to North from Farm to Market Road 1178
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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