Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church (HM2A3U)

Location: Killeen, TX 76541 Bell County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 6.849', W 97° 43.775'

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Bethel Primitive Baptist Church originated in the Palo Alto Community, which was located about 3.5 miles northeast of present Killeen. Organized about 1864, the congregation met in a Union Church building shared with other denominations.

When the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad was built through Bell County in 1882, the town of Killeen grew up along the rail line. The Palo Alto post office was discontinued, and the community declined after most of the residents moved to Killeen. By 1889 Bethel Primitive Baptists Church had relocated to this site.

Exhibiting design elements characteristic of the late 19th century, this structure is believed to be the oldest church building in Killeen. Its features include a steep gable roof, double-door entry with Gothic-inspired window details, and simple windows with protruding lintels.

A part of Bell County history for well over a century, Bethel Primitive Baptist Church continues to serve a small congregation. It stands as a reminder of early settlement and rural vernacular architecture. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
HM NumberHM2A3U
Year Placed1990
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621141 N 3442946
Decimal Degrees31.11415000, -97.72958333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 6.849', W 97° 43.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 6' 50.94" N, 97° 43' 46.5" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 410 S Gray St, Killeen TX 76541, US
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