First United Methodist Church of Albany

First United Methodist Church of Albany (HM1RRX)

Location: Albany, TX 76430 Shackelford County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 43.702', W 99° 17.805'

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Oldest congregation in Northwest Texas Conference of Methodist Church. First church of any denomination founded in Shackelford County. Organized in 1873 at ranch home (8 mi. E) of J.C. Lynch (1828-1912), a later county judge, after Shackelford was organized in 1874. At the request of Lynch, the Rev. Levi Collins (1827-1912) came here from the Weatherford circuit to meet with pioneers of the Methodist faith. The charter members were Peter, Mollie, and S.A. Gunsolus; Mr. and Mrs. Lynch; Elizabeth and Malinda McNutt. The Rev. William Manly was the first regular minister. By 1882, a small frame church had been erected on Schoolhouse Hill in Albany. After its loss in 1888 tornado, a second church was built on same site (1889), but relocated in 1909 on Main Street.
     In 1913, under leadership of the Rev. O.P. Clark (born 1881), a red brick building with dome was erected at present site. Its auditorium was resplendent with gas lights, but outside there were still hitching racks.
     Razed 1947, that building was replaced (1948) with present sanctuary and fellowship hall. Educational annex was constructed in 1957, to complete plant.
     Membership in this church now numbers 334.
Marker Number1879
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 472194 N 3621213
Decimal Degrees32.72836667, -99.29675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.702', W 99° 17.805'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 42.12" N, 99° 17' 48.3" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 N Jacobs St, Albany TX 76430, US
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