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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church

 
 
Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
1. Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  On December 24, 1900, a group of Baptists living in the newly developed North Waco neighborhood gathered together at the home of J.T. Strother to discuss the formation of a new congregation. With assistance from the First Baptist Church of Waco, which granted letters of transfer to twenty-three of its members, the North Waco Baptist Church officially began in January 1901.

Early worship services were held in the Second Presbyterian Church and in the YMCA building until land at this site was acquired in March 1901. The church was renamed Columbus Street Baptist Church. The Rev. R.G. Bowers was called as first pastor in May, and a small frame sanctuary was erected in October 1901.

Continued growth over the years led to construction of larger facilities. In 1926 the church name became Columbus Avenue Baptist Church when the street was renamed.

Throughout its history, this congregation has maintained a strong community involvement, ministering to the elderly, students, wartime soldiers stationed at nearby camps, the deaf, and disadvantaged, as well as to mission congregations throughout the city.
 
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1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 978.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1901.
 
Location. 31° 33.099′ N, 97° 8.475′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and North 13th Street, on the left when traveling west on Columbus Avenue. The marker is located southwest of the main entrance to the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Columbus Avenue, Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Church of the Assumption (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Austin Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Austin Avenue Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Waco (approx. ¼ mile away); First Lutheran Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Stratton Stricker Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F & A.M. (approx. half a mile away); Waco Theatre (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
2. Columbus Avenue Baptist Church Marker
The Columbus Avenue Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
3. The Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
The view of the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and marker from across the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
4. The view of the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and marker from across the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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