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Garland in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Christian Church of Garland

 
 
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Photographed By J Frye, April 3, 2020
1. First Christian Church of Garland Marker
Inscription.  

As the township of Duck Creek began to take shape in 1858, four denominations shared religious services in the Duck Creek schoolhouse. Area development was delayed by the onset of the Civil War, but by the 1870s the town was recovering.

The Rev. W. B. Cole organized First Christian Church in 1875 with 21 charter members. They met in the schoolhouse for several years. In 1884, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad missed Duck Creek by one mile. A new township called Embree sprang up beside the railroad line. In 1885, the Rev. W. B. Cole's son, Charles l. Cole, became the growing congregation's first full-time minister; the following year, church members erected their own house of worship. In 1888 the congregation purchased the land on this site and moved the church building here. The two townships incorporated in 1891 to become Garland. The congregation grew with the area. Between 1922 and 1924 a new brick building was erected. The church was remodeled and additions were made as needed. The congregation persevered despite the difficulties of the Depression era. From 1954 to 1964 the church established two new congregations,
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Monica Park and Western Heights Christian churches.

The membership of the First Christian Church of Garland reached 1000 in the year 2000. At the dawn of the 21st century, the First Christian Church serves its congregation and the wider community with such outreach ministries as counseling services and offering free meeting space and financial aid to many nonprofit organizations. The First Christian Church of Garland continues in the traditions of its founders.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11781.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 32° 54.715′ N, 96° 38.423′ W. Marker is in Garland, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Glenbrook Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 South Glenbrook Drive, Garland TX 75040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Methodist Church of Garland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Public Education in Garland (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church, USA (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Garland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Travis College Hill Addition
First Christian Church of Garland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J Frye, April 3, 2020
2. First Christian Church of Garland Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Roach Feed & Seed Co. (approx. ¼ mile away); Garland (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Fe Railroad Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garland.
 
Regarding First Christian Church of Garland. The sanctuary has columns of white cement on either side. Above the door is engraved "Christian Chvrch". The bell from the first sanctuary of the First Christian Church of Garland has been preserved and put on display next to the sanctuary.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2020, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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