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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

 
 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
1. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. This church began as a mission in the 1880s to serve Catholics in the Abilene area. Early members included Abilene pioneer Theo. Heyck and City Marshal J.J. Clinton. Priests came by train from Weatherford to conduct worship services, first in private homes and later in public buildings.
     The Bishop of Dallas designated Sacred Heart, a parish in 1891, with the Rev. Henry D. Brickley as first pastor. Property at the corner of North 5th and Beech streets was acquired in 1888 and a frame church was built there in 1892. Early pastors also visited Catholics in outlying communities, and the parish served as the “mother church” for Catholicism in the Abilene vicinity. A parish school, St. Joseph’s Academy, opened at South 9th and Meander streets in 1916.
     During the pastorate of the Rev. Henry Knufer, property at this site was acquired in 1926, and plans were made to build a larger church for the growing congregation. Designed by noted San Antonio architect Leo M.J. Dielmann, this structure was completed in April 1931. Built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building exhibits Moorish style elements and is the least altered and best preserved pre-1940s religious structure in Abilene.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1990

 
Erected 1990
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
2. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker
by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4432.)
 
Location. 32° 26.46′ N, 99° 44.558′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of S. 8th Street and Jeanette Street, on the right when traveling east on S. 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1663 S. 8th St, Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hattie and Henry Sayles, Sr., House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Thornton's Store (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Guitar Mansion (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Weather Bureau Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley (approx. 0.7 miles away); "I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
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View to East Along S. 8th Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
3. View to East Along S. 8th Street
Marker on right (south) side of street
View to West Along S. 8th Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
4. View to West Along S. 8th Street
Marker on left (south) side of street
Sacred Heart Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
5. Sacred Heart Catholic Church
View to south from S. 8th Street
Cornerstone of Sacred Heart Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
6. Cornerstone of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Moorish Style Elements<br>of Sacred Heart Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 24, 2015
7. Moorish Style Elements
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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