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Colorado City in Mitchell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Baptist Church of Colorado City

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
1. First Baptist Church of Colorado City Marker
Inscription.  Founded as a mission station in 1881 by The Rev. George W. Baines (1809-1882), a former President of Baylor University and in 1880s a Baptist State Convention agent. The Rev. Peter Turner, an Englishmen, organized the church in 1882. Building site was donated by U.S. Senator and ex-Governor of Georgia Joseph E. Brown, a Texas & Pacific Railroad investor, developer of Colorado townsite. A.W. Dunn, J.T. Hutchins, J.B. Putnam, Alf H.H. Tolar, and G.W. Waddell were church trustees.

The original small box structure was meeting place of all denominations until destroyed by tornado in May 1884. It was replaced by a similar frame building.

In 1890, Pastor J.C. Burkett reported 140 on roll. This church joined that year with other members of Sweetwater Baptist Association to implement charter for Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University).

In pastorate (1895) of The Rev. B.H. Carroll, Jr., a 4-room structure was erected. Classrooms and basement, added later, became emergency hospital for tornado victims on May 14, 1923. In 1924, this and neighboring county formed Mitchell-Scurry Baptist Association.
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By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
2. First Baptist Church of Colorado City Marker
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Present church was built in 1928; annex in 1961. Congregation has included many community leaders; it has been active in home and foreign mission fields.
 
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1624.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1884.
 
Location. 32° 23.38′ N, 100° 51.881′ W. Marker is in Colorado City, Texas, in Mitchell County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and East 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Chestnut Street, Colorado City TX 79512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Preston C. Coleman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buffalo Trails (about 300 feet away); All Saints' Church (about 500 feet away); Majors Home (about 500 feet away); John C. Prude Home (about 500 feet away); The First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); E.M. Hardigree Home (about 700 feet away); Colorado Opera House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado City.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
3. First Baptist Church of Colorado City
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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