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First Christian Church of Palmer

  Texas Historical Markers
Stacks and Paris St., Palmer, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 32° 25' 58.567764", -96° 40' 6.158172"
    Texas State
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    In 1853 disciples in the area around Rockett and Brushy Creek (8 miles northwest) established a church called Liberty-Sylvania. Members of the congregation were instrumental in the formation of new churches in Corinth, Ferris, Palmer and Waxahachie. Two members of the church at Rockett, Robert Uncle Bob Smith and his wife Lavisa, moved their family to Palmer in 1868. With their help the First Christian Church of Palmer was organized that same year. A one-room schoolhouse served as the first meeting place. An agreement, signed in 1880 by representatives of the Baptist, Christian, and Cumberland Presbyterian churches of the town, called for the construction of a community church building. Completed later that year on Dallas Street, the Palmer Union Church sanctuary was used by all three congregations. Each church was assigned a specific Sunday of every month for their services. Members of the First Christian Church constructed their own sanctuary at the intersection of Dallas and Jefferson Streets in 1898. The congregation moved to this site in 1940 when the present brick edifice was completed. The church bell, still in use, is from the Palmer Union Church building.

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

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