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First United Methodist Church of Cisco

 
 
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By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
1. First United Methodist Church of Cisco Marker
Inscription. The Rev. Lamb Trimble, a Methodist circuit rider, organized this church at Red Gap (two miles west) in 1880. The four charter members met in the home of M.V. Mitchell, a sheep rancher. The congregation moved to Cisco one year later when the city was founded. Services were held in the schoolhouse until 1883 when the members built a sanctuary on this site. A company purchasing right of way property for the railroad donated the land. An 1889 building program, completed during the pastorate of the Rev. T.C. Ragsdale, doubled the size of the structure and added a parsonage. Both buildings were destroyed in 1893 when a tornado struck Cisco killing 23 people and injuring 93 others. Members formed a rebuilding committee and a larger sanctuary and parsonage were constructed, complete with electric lighting.
     The population growth of Cisco during the Eastland County oil boom made the sanctuary obsolete, and in 1919 work began on a new church building. The Rev. Lewis N. Stuckey conducted the first services when the edifice was dedicated late in 1920.
     On two separate occasions Cisco headed a district for the Central Texas Methodist Conference until consolidation with Brownwood in 1974.
 
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1883.)
 
Location.
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By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
2. First United Methodist Church of Cisco Marker
Marker is located on west side of church building
32° 23.171′ N, 98° 58.966′ W. Marker is in Cisco, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue H and W. 8th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 W. 8th St, Cisco TX 76437, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church of Cisco (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Cisco (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. ¼ mile away); First National Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Mobley Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cisco College (approx. one mile away); Dothan Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cisco.
 
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By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
3. First United Methodist Church of Cisco
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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