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Pine Springs Baptist Church

 
 
Pine Springs Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, January 18, 2016
1. Pine Springs Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1881, E.S. Cook and Perry Ray, trustees for the Pine Springs School community, purchased nearby land for the construction of a schoolhouse. Soon after, the Pine Springs Baptist Church of Christ was organized under the direction of the Rev. Marcus Morton Wadsworth (1841-1908), who served as the first pastor.

Monthly worship services were conducted in the schoolhouse until a separate sanctuary was built at this site, north of the school, in the early 1890s. About the same time, the congregational name was changed to the Pine Springs Baptist Church.

The fellowship experienced steady growth during the pastorate of the Rev. Tully Choice, 1894-1897. The development of the area fruit growing and canning industry brought new members, and a Sunday School and bimonthly services were established. Regular weekly services began about 1935.

For over 100 years the Pine Springs Baptist Church has been active in the growth and development of the surrounding area. Members here have included early settlers, soldiers stationed at nearby Camp Fannin during World War II, several pioneers in the development of the area rose industry, and many prominent community leaders.
 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7751.)
 
Location.
Pine Springs Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, January 18, 2016
2. Pine Springs Baptist Church
32° 24.621′ N, 95° 16.149′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Springs Road (County Route 334) and Donaldson Lane (County Route 328E), on the left when traveling north on Pine Springs Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2155 CR 334, Tyler TX 75708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Ford (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Ford (approx. 0.9 miles away); Camp Ford Stockade (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cabin of Lt. Col. J.B. Leake (approx. one mile away); Camp Ford Confederate Guards (approx. one mile away); Camp Ford - Establishment of the Camp (approx. one mile away); African Americans at Camp Ford (approx. one mile away); Camp Ford - Early Days as a Prison Camp (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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