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Near Luling in Caldwell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

McNeil Baptist Church

 
 
McNeil Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
1. McNeil Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Led by the Rev. B.F. Dixon of the San Marcos Baptist Association, members of the McNeil Creek community met on June 30, 1888, to organize a local congregation. The name chosen was McNeil Creek Baptist Church, and the congregation began to hold worship services in a local schoolhouse. R.W. King was elected church clerk, a position he held for the next twenty-two years.

As the church began to grow, a need was recognized for a permanent home. A building committee was formed which began raising funds in 1895. Samuel McCarley donated two acres of land to the church on February 2, 1896, and by November of that year a sanctuary was completed.

In 1908 the church name was shortened to McNeil Baptist Church. A large tabernacle was added to the south side of the church which provided space for Sunday school and revivals until it and the original church structure were removed from the property. A new building was completed by August 9, 1947. To further serve the growing congregation, an annex was added onto the west end of the auditorium in 1952.

The McNeil Baptist Church has continued to serve residents of a large rural
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area for over a century.
 
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15342.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is February 2, 1896.
 
Location. 29° 42.523′ N, 97° 35.089′ W. Marker is near Luling, Texas, in Caldwell County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1322 and McNeil Road (County Highway 332), on the right when traveling south on Highway 1322. The marker is located on the left side of the entrance to the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14304 FM1322, Luling TX 78648, 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. McNeil Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hall Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Wattsville Gin (approx. 3.7 miles away); William Johnson Cabin (approx. 4.1 miles away); Edgar B. Davis (approx. 4.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Luling (approx. 4.1 miles away); First Christian Church of Luling (approx. 4.2 miles away); Luling (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luling.
 
Also see . . .  McNeil, Caldwell County, Texas. Wikipedia
A church and a cemetery marked the community on county highway maps in the late 1980s. The population of the
The McNeil Baptist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
2. The McNeil Baptist Church and Marker
community was 200 through 2000. It was also a thriving farm community settled by immigrants after the American Civil War. Harvey King was the unofficial "Mayor of McNeil." As of 2010, the McNeil Creek Baptist Church and a cemetery that occupied land first donated to a Methodist church established by Margaret Smith Hinds in Soda Springs around 1867 are what remain in McNeil. Benton I. McCarley, who was killed in World War I, is buried in the community's cemetery, and the American Legion Post in Luling was named for him.
(Submitted on August 24, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the McNeil Baptist Church and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
3. The view of the McNeil Baptist Church and Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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