The Vigo Park Methodist Church Historical

The Vigo Park Methodist Church Historical (HM1WBQ)

Location: Tulia, TX 79088 Swisher County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 39.16', W 101° 29.891'

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The Indiana-Texas Land Company planted a town at this site in 1906, naming it for adjoining counties in western Indiana. It was to be a shipping point on a new railroad line. C. R. Gardner and J. C. Stitt of Terre Haute, Indiana, built a 2-story hotel and store for the firm, and then decided to settle here. Other settlers soon arrived to join them.
Methodist minister G. R. Fort crossed Tule Canyon and drove 22 miles to welcome the settlers. In June, 1907, he held a revival in a tent and organized this church. Charter members included the Crawley, Derr, Doughty, Gardner, Hay, Hedges, Hunt, Hyatt, Montgomery, Merrill, Pietzscht, Webster, and Welker families.
Gardner, John Welker, and the minister visited the neighboring ranches and secured donations of money and labor to erect a church building. Trustees W. B. Doughty, Joe Hastings, and Jim Montgomery bought two lots at this site and hauled building materials from Tulia, while volunteers helped Gardner and Stitt with the construction. The church was the town's second building. For many years it was the only church in a 20-mile radius. It helped sustain Vigo Park when the railroad failed to materialize, and is still important in the life of the community.
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 271051 N 3837365
Decimal Degrees34.65266667, -101.49818333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 39.16', W 101° 29.891'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 39' 9.6" N, 101° 29' 53.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8863 FM146, Tulia TX 79088, US
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