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Aransas Pass in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Aransas Pass First Baptist Church

 
 
Aransas Pass First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 31, 2021
1. Aransas Pass First Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  The Reverend J.D. Hall guided the sixteen original members of Aransas Pass Missionary Baptist Church in the congregation's organization on October 17, 1909, almost six months before the city's founding. The church's earliest meetings were held in a house on the corner of McCampbell and Yoakum streets. By early 1910 the congregation had grown to 84 members and a permanent church structure was constructed on the corner of Houston Street and Greenwood Avenue. Although the building was severely damaged by a 1916 hurricane, members repaired the building and continued to use it until the late 1930s.

As the congregation continued to grow, plans were made to construct an education building at the church site. However, the arrival of World War II brought with it new obligations, and the congregation chose to convert the building funds into war bonds. In addition, fifty-eight church members served in the armed forces during the war. The education building was finally constructed in 1948.

Through the years, outreach activities have been important to the congregation. The church began to sponsor the Mexican Baptist Church of Aransas
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Pass as a mission in 1954. Later mission sponsorships included Port Aransas Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church of Port Aransas) and Salt Lake Baptist Mission (now Salt Lake Baptist Church of Rockport). The church has also sponsored a vacation bible school, a food pantry, mission work in Tanque Nuevo, Mexico, and hurricane disaster in Mississippi and Texas, and continues today as a spiritual leader in the Aransas Pass community.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15982.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is October 17, 1909.
 
Location. 27° 54.055′ N, 97° 8.893′ W. Marker is in Aransas Pass, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is at the intersection of South Houston Street and Harrison Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on South Houston Street. The marker is located in front of the First Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 627 South Houston Street, Aransas Pass TX 78336, 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. Terminal Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Land Lottery of Aransas Pass (approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); VFW (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Wiebel VFW Post 2932
The Aransas Pass First Baptist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 31, 2021
2. The Aransas Pass First Baptist Church and Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Cementerio San Antonio de Padua (approx. 3 miles away); Late Pleistocene Ingleside Fauna (approx. 3.6 miles away); Early Ingleside Schools (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aransas Pass.
 
The view of the Aransas Pass First Baptist Church and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 31, 2021
3. The view of the Aransas Pass First Baptist Church and Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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