First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church (HM2B3P)

Location: Jacksonville, TX 75766 Cherokee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 57.856', W 95° 14.923'

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This congregation traces it history to the origins of the town of Jacksonville. When the International and Great Northern Railroad promoted the new town of Jacksonville along its rail line in 1872, city lots were set aside for local churches. Deacons Enoch B. Simpson and Joel H. Wallace purchased two lots for a Baptist church in 1873. Originally known as the Jacksonville Baptist Church of Christ, the congregation was organized officially by twelve charter members on September 28, 1884, and by 1887 the membership had grown to sixty. Increased membership necessitated the construction of a larger, two-story brick sanctuary in 1914. It was joined by additional facilities over the years and was replaced by yet a larger structure in 1950. Continued growth led to the need for expanded facilities, and the congregation moved to this site in 1977. Throughout its history, the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville has been involved in missionary and community activities. It consistently has supported Jacksonville College, as well as other denominational endeavors.
HM NumberHM2B3P
Year Placed1990
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 287490 N 3538683
Decimal Degrees31.96426667, -95.24871667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 57.856', W 95° 14.923'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 57' 51.36" N, 95° 14' 55.38" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 Phillip Ave, Jacksonville TX 75766, US
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