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Kountze in Hardin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Baptist Church of Kountze

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
1. First Baptist Church of Kountze Marker
Inscription. The Baptist Church of Hardin was organized in 1860 with Pastor D.W. Jordan. When the railroad bypassed Hardin (then the county seat) in 1881, area residents began moving to nearby Kountze. Hardin Baptists are believed to have followed, probably meeting in a multi-denominational building known as the first house of worship in Kountze erected in 1887. Southern Baptist Convention records list the origin of the Baptist Church of Kountze in 1890; the congregation declared itself in 1893 under Pastor J.W. Rhodes.

In 1908 a loan from the Southern Baptist Convention to the First Baptist Church of Kountze facilitated the erection of a frame structure on Redwood Street. It was located two blocks from the original building, which had become the Methodist Church.

In 1951 fundraising and planning began for a new brick building, dedicated in 1955. By 1979, a two-story wing was added; in the 1980s the church library and sanctuary were expanded and new youth programs established. The First Baptist Church of Kountze marked its 100th anniversary with a celebration lasting from the spring of 1990 to January of 1993. With such developments as a new fellowship hall added in 1997, the church continues to serve the community.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11931.)
 
Location.

First Baptist Church of Kountze Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
2. First Baptist Church of Kountze Marker
30° 22.116′ N, 94° 18.786′ W. Marker is in Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County. Marker is on South Hickory Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Monroe Street, Kountze TX 77625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church of Kountze (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hooks Abstract Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courthouses of Hardin County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hardin County (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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