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Suphur Springs in Hopkins County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs

 
 
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By Jesse Nelsen, July 3, 2021
1. First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs Marker
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Established in 1850 by the Rev. Pleas B. Bailey, this Methodist congregation erected the first church building in Sulphur Springs about 1852 on a site in the "Spring Lot" which surrounded the town's mineral springs. The property was purchased from Dr. Owen S. Davis, a charter member of the church and founder of the town of Sulphur Springs. The Rev. J. D. Lynch served as the fellowship's first resident pastor. The Methodists shared their original meeting place with the Baptist Church, founded in 1859. Delegates meeting here in 1867 organized the Trinity Conference, which later became the North Texas Conference of the Methodist Church.

In 1870 the Methodists sold their building to the Baptists and the newly-formed Christian Church and moved to a larger frame structure on this property, purchased from William J. Johnson. A brick church building was erected here in 1893-1894. It was replaced by the present edifice, the fifth building occupied by this fellowship, constructed in 1917 during the pastorate of the Rev. W. D. Thompson.

Active in civic, cultural, and educational activities, this congregation supported Central College,
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By Jesse Nelsen, July 3, 2021
2. First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs and Marker
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a Methodist institution which operated here, 1886-1895.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7309.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 33° 8.362′ N, 95° 36.059′ W. Marker is in Suphur Springs, Texas, in Hopkins County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Atkins Street, on the left when traveling north on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sulphur Springs TX 75482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hopkins County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City National Bank (about 400 feet away); Home County of Texas Confederate General W. H. King / Texas in the Civil War (about 400 feet away); Hopkins County Echo-Daily News-Telegram (about 400 feet away); Site of the Union Stockade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Bell of 1889 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Townsite of Tarrant (approx. 4.2 miles away); Shocks Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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