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First Baptist Church of Richardson

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, March 10, 2019
1. First Baptist Church of Richardson Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1865 with nineteen charter members, this congregation began as Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Early worship services were held in the Elm Grove schoolhouse. The Rev. J.J. Butler was called as first pastor of the congregation.

William Huffhines, a charter member of the church was an early Dallas County pioneer, donated two acres of land for a sanctuary. Also located on the land was Mt. Calvary cemetery. A frame sanctuary was built in 1868 and the congregation continued to meet there until 1885, when they voted to move five miles north to the new town of Richardson. Philemon W. and Mary Huffhines gave land at the corner of Greenville Avenue and Phillips Street for a sanctuary, which was completed in February 1886. After it was destroyed in a storm in 1909, a new brick structure was completed on the same site in 1910. The brick building was replaced in 1953, and one year later the congregation voted to change its name to First Baptist Church of Richardson.

Over the years, First Baptist Church has served the community with a variety of outreach programs. This site was acquired in 1976, and a new sanctuary was dedicated in February

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By Kayla Harper, March 10, 2019
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1987.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 57.76′ N, 96° 43.629′ W. Marker is in Richardson, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Richardson Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080, Richardson TX 75080, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richardson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blewett Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); First United Methodist Church Richardson (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Richardson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wheeler School (approx. 1.2 miles away); McKamy Spring (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hill-Robberson House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Demonstration of the First Working Integrated Circuit (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richardson.
 
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By Kayla Harper, March 10, 2019
3. First Baptist Church of Richardson Marker
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By Kayla Harper, March 10, 2019
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By Kayla Harper, March 10, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2019, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 14, 2019, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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