A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 109
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Early Church ServicesOrganization of the First
Churches-History of Church Building in Houston-Houston
Today a City of Churches.
When theAllens laid out Houston they set aside
the quarter of a block on the northwest corner of
Capitol and Main "fr church _upses." The
gift was to no denomination or sect, but was to alL
A year or two later there was a small building
erected on one of the lots and all denominations had
the use of it. After the State House was built religious
services were held in one of its halls.
While there is a legend that the first religious
service ever held in Houston was under the spreading
branches of a tree that grew on-Market Square,
in 1887, the fact remains that the first authentic
evangelical service was that which occurred in 1886.
The fact is a matter of record that Rev. Mr. Morrell,
an itinerant Baptist preacher, who came to
Texas before San Jacinto, preached in Houston in
It is rather singular that with all the "hard cases"
that were in Houston in the early days, and the
Conequent necessity for taking precautions for controlling
them, the first vigilang e A d formd
n Houston should have been mpedetirey of
Preachers and that the object of the committee
should have been to guard the public againt being
closed on by fraudulent preachers. Such was the
cae, however, and the "Preachers' Vigilance Com.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/123/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .