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First United Methodist Church of Austin

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. First United Methodist Church of Austin Marker
Inscription. In 1840, shortly after Austin was incorporated, the Rev. John Haynie (1786-1860), a Methodist circuit rider from the Mississippi Conference, led 14 members in forming this fellowship. They worshiped at temporary sites, including the Capitol building of the Republic of Texas. In 1847 they completed their first church building, a wooden structure on Congress Avenue and 4th Street, during the pastorate of the Rev. Homer S. Thrall (1819-1894 ), circuit rider and well-known author of Texas and Methodist history. Doctors met in the original building in 1853 to form the Texas Medical Association.

In 1854, under the Rev. John W. Phillips ( 1821-1891 ), the original church was sold and a new brick edifice built at Brazos and 10th Street. In 1884 Dr. A. E. Goodwyn (1818-1902) led construction of a larger building at that site. For a time this congregation was called Tenth Street Methodist Church. The members bought the present property in 1921 and built this Neo-Classical structure. Pastors instrumental in building and improving the present church facility include Dr. Edward R. Barcus (1872-1958), Dr. W. F. Bryan (1872-1965), Dr. Marvin S. Vance (1905-1966) and Dr. Robert S. Tate, Jr. (1914-1976). As Austin's second oldest Protestant congregation this fellowship has made significant contributions to the state's history.
 
Erected
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By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. First United Methodist Church of Austin
1978 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6418.)
 
Location. 30° 16.487′ N, 97° 44.567′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Lavaca St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goodman Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Christian Church (about 500 feet away); Terry Rangers Monument (about 500 feet away); Zachary Taylor Fulmore (about 600 feet away); Wahrenberger House (about 700 feet away); Price Daniel (about 700 feet away); Terry’s Texas Rangers Monument (about 700 feet away); Swedish Central Methodist Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  First United Methodist Church of Austin. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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