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Water tower by the Kwianis Park.

Water tower by the Kwianis Park.

I know the sky has a red tint to it but  it does looks like a sandstorm is blowing in. Actually it was a nice day. I’ve been having trouble with the network today so this is going to be a short post.

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Ok, I couldn’t resist the pun with the title.  Several old bridges from the county have been moved to Pecan Creek Park awaiting refurbishment. — DEH

Bulman Bridge

Bulman Bridge

The Bulman Bridge was located on the north side of the Leon River ten miles east of Hamilton near Rock House in the community named at various times Pulltight, Busyton, Snow Creek, Old Hamilton, and Rock Church. Rev. Henry Jefferson Bulman came to Hamilton County in 1871 where he bought a farm on the Leon River twelve miles east of Hamilton. The Bulman Bridge was named in his honor. The Bulman and other old bridges have been relocated to the Pecan Creek Park in Hamilton. — ECW

Looking up from underneath the bridge.

Looking up from underneath the bridge.

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

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Looking down 2 of the bridges.

Looking down 2 of the bridges.

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First Baptist Church Hamilton, Texas

First Baptist Church Hamilton, Texas -- DH

The Baptists in Hamilton trace their beginning to 1873. Dr. Donavan Duncan Tidwell recorded the history of a ten-day revival held during the Fall of 1873 in Hamilton by Daniel Babb, Edmund Eldred Sellers and R. S. Underwood. As the result of this revival three people were baptized into the nearest Baptist Church–the Leon Baptist Church (No. 1), seven miles east of  Hamilton.

The Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church with eighteen members was admitted to the Leon River Association in 1874. Captain Alfred Hayne Watson, the Hamilton school teacher, invited the church which was to become First Baptist Church to meet in the school building which was in the 500 block of East Henry. After 1882 the Presbyterian Church invited the Baptists to share their building for their monthly meeting.

Members of Hamilton Baptist Church attended the 4 July, 1877, meeting in Cottonwood Springs School when the Hamilton County Baptist Association (HCBA) was constituted.  Since Hamilton Baptist Church was a member of the Leon River Baptist Association, it could not become a charter member of HCBA. Hamilton Baptist Church was dismissed by letter from the Leon River Baptist Association on 10 September, 1877.  At the first annual meeting of Hamilton County Baptist Association at Plum Creek Baptist Church on 12 October, 1877, Hamilton Baptist Church was admitted to HCBA.

On August 24, 1888, Alfred Haynes Watson, W. W. Kilpatrick, George H. Robbins, S. J. Allen, and G. R. Freeman, trustees of the Baptist Church in Hamilton purchased Lot No. 3, in Block No. 11 of the original town of Hamilton from Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Walker for $30 for the church. It was not until 1896 that a church building was erected on this property on South Bell. The first Baptist Church building in the village of Hamilton was a native stone edifice constructed by James Malcolm “Jim” Tomlinson. [This building was still being built in June, 1897. – ECW

The current FBC building pictured above was built in 1971. — DH

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The Texan Theater has been a Hamilton landmark since the 1920’s. According to records I can find it first opened around 1928. It appears to have burned sometime around 1949.  The Texan is still the only theater in Hamilton. By the late 1970’s and 1980’s the theater had become very run down. It closed for a period of time in the 1990’s. Currently the theater is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Texan Theater sign. Those power lines really made it hard to get a good sky shot.

Texan Theater sign. Those power lines really made it hard to get a good sky shot.

Moved in closer for this one. Looking up at an angle

Moved in closer for this one. Looking up at an angle

According to the current owners this is the original popcorn machine. It still works.

According to the current owners this is the original popcorn machine. It still works.

The balcony is in the process of being restored.

The balcony is in the process of being restored.

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Calvary Baptist Church began as a mission of First Baptist Church in 1954.  Its original location was on the South End of Manning Street. Its first building was a recycled barracks from nearby Ft. Hood. In the 1980’s Calvary moved to its current location on HWY 22.

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