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Near Tulia in Swisher County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Vigo Park Methodist Church

 
 
Vigo Park Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
1. Vigo Park Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The Indiana-Texas Land Company planted a town at this site in 1906, naming it for adjoining counties in western Indiana. It was to be a shipping point on a new railroad line. C. R. Gardner and J. C. Stitt of Terre Haute, Indiana, built a 2-story hotel and store for the firm, and then decided to settle here. Other settlers soon arrived to join them.
Methodist minister G. R. Fort crossed Tule Canyon and drove 22 miles to welcome the settlers. In June, 1907, he held a revival in a tent and organized this church. Charter members included the Crawley, Derr, Doughty, Gardner, Hay, Hedges, Hunt, Hyatt, Montgomery, Merrill, Pietzscht, Webster, and Welker families.
Gardner, John Welker, and the minister visited the neighboring ranches and secured donations of money and labor to erect a church building. Trustees W. B. Doughty, Joe Hastings, and Jim Montgomery bought two lots at this site and hauled building materials from Tulia, while volunteers helped Gardner and Stitt with the construction. The church was the town's second building. For many years it was the only church in a 20-mile radius. It helped sustain Vigo Park when the railroad failed to materialize, and is still important in the life of the community.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5653.)
 
Location.
The Vigo Park Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
2. The Vigo Park Methodist Church Marker
34° 39.16′ N, 101° 29.891′ W. Marker is near Tulia, Texas, in Swisher County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 146 3.3 miles west of Texas Highway 207, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulia TX 79088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milo Cemetery (approx. 4.8 miles away); Archeological Sites at Mackenzie Reservoir and Tule Canyon (approx. 7.9 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 12.3 miles away); Palo Duro Canyon (approx. 12.3 miles away); Pleasant Lafayette Crawford House (approx. 16.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Silverton (approx. 16 miles away); First Methodist Church of Silverton (approx. 16.6 miles away); Miner Crawford (approx. 16.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulia.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
Vigo Park Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
3. Vigo Park Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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