First United Methodist Church of Clarendon Historical

First United Methodist Church of Clarendon Historical (HM1W9L)

Location: Clarendon, TX 79226 Donley County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 56.188', W 100° 53.514'

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When the Rev. Lewis H. Carhart, a Methodist minister, founded Clarendon, he envisioned it as a religious and educational center. The town was established in 1878 near the junction of Carroll Creek and the Salt Fork of the Red River, six miles north of its present location. Local cowboys nicknamed the settlement "Saint's Roost" because it had no saloons. The first building erected was a combination church and school. Until the turn-of-the-century, there was a Northern Methodist Church in the community.
When the railroad arrived in 1887, Clarendon moved to its present site. The Rev. James T. Hosmer, a circuit rider, conducted Methodist services in private homes. In 1888 the Rev. Isaac L. Mills and 15 charter members organized the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1890 the fellowship erected a frame church building on the southeast corner of Kearney and 4th Street. Membership increased significantly after the founding in 1898 of Clarendon Methodist College, forerunner of Clarendon Junior College.
To accommodate the growing congregation, this large classical revival structure was built in 1910, during the pastorate of the Rev. O. P. Kiker. The original roof was replaced in 1950.
HM NumberHM1W9L
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 5:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 327216 N 3867631
Decimal Degrees34.93646667, -100.89190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 56.188', W 100° 53.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 56' 11.28" N, 100° 53' 30.84" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 420 S Jefferson St, Clarendon TX 79226, US
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