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Near Buckholts in Milam County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church

 
 
Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 1, 2020
1. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  Through the efforts of fellow immigrant Joseph Russek, many Czech families came to this area of Milam County in the 1880s. The first Catholic Mass in the Marak/Maraksville settlement was conducted by a visiting priest in the Kaspar Kubecka home in 1883, and later services were held in other homes.

In 1889 the Kubecka family donated land for a Catholic school and church, and the community began raising funds to erect a building. A wooden church structure was completed in 1904 and dedicated in 1905. Named for the patron saints of the Moravian immigrants, the congregation was served by the Rev. K. Kacer. Worship services were conducted in Latin, German, and Czech for many years.

The congregation has been associated with parishes in Cyclone and Cameron over the years, and additional church facilities have been built and adapted for various purposes, including a school, rectory, and parish hall. Two burial grounds, known as the Old Marak Catholic Cemetery and the New Catholic Cemetery, were established on land donated by church members. The church has been the social center of the community since its founding, and the annual
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parish picnic has become a popular event in Milam County.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7995.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location. 30° 54.053′ N, 97° 4.106′ W. Marker is near Buckholts, Texas, in Milam County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2269 and County Road 147, on the right when traveling south on Road 2269. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6633 FM 2269, Buckholts TX 76518, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckholts SPJST Lodge Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); O.J. Thomas High School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Milam County (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Monica's Catholic Church (approx. 6 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wied Hardware Store (approx. 6.3 miles away); All Saints Episcopal Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Cameron (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 1, 2020
2. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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