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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Baptist Church of Tyler

 
 
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By Randal B. Gilbert, December 11, 2015
1. First Baptist Church of Tyler Marker
Inscription. Organized on April 8, 1848, with six charter members, this congregation first met in a log cabin courthouse on the town square. Led by elders W. H. Ray and W. B. Langston, services were held monthly, with members being called by the blowing of a horn. After a new courthouse was built in 1851, the church met in the Odd Fellows Hall and the U. S. Federal courtroom.

In 1855, a building was erected to serve as both church and school, but it was soon destroyed in a fire. A second, brick church was built in 1859, and in 1882 was also destroyed by fire. A third sanctuary on North Bois d'Arc Street, home to the congregation since 1886, was dedicated in 1889.

One of the earliest Baptist churches organized in Texas still in existence, it was officially chartered in 1882 as the Baptist Church of Tyler. The name became First Baptist Church of Tyler when it sponsored a mission, now Calvary Baptist Church, in 1888.

The present church structure was built in 1913, during the pastorate of Dr. G. L. Yates. Educational wings were added in 1937, 1959, and 1980. The Beaux Arts style sanctuary features massive columns, pedimented portico, quoins, and full entablatures. Later alterations include modern stained glass windows.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1987

 
Erected
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By Randal B. Gilbert, December 11, 2015
2. First Baptist Church of Tyler
1987 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7724.)
 
Location. 32° 21.109′ N, 95° 18.176′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is at the intersection of West Ferguson Street and North Bois d'Arc Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Ferguson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 W Ferguson St, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marvin Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Tyler (about 500 feet away); The First County Agricultural Extension Agent (about 600 feet away); Smith County C.S.A. / Tyler-Smith County C.S.A. Men and Units (about 700 feet away); Christ Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Tyler Commercial College (about 700 feet away); Tyler Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tyler.
 
Also see . . .  First Baptist Church Tyler. (Submitted on December 14, 2015.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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