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Buffalo Gap Chapel

Churches were usually the first thing built in a town after the homes. This church was founded by Mary Lee Cagles in 1896 but there was no building for the church until 1902. The founder and preacher, Mary Lee Cagles, founded at least 18 churches before 1908 with eleven of them in Texas. This church was first located on the corner of Oak and Mulberry Street, in Abilene, Texas. It stayed there from 1902 until 1977. In its prime, the church was heated by a giant wood burning stove right in front of the pulpit. The pews and the Bible are all original to the church. The stained glass window is not. Dr. Rode, former owner of the village, removed a swamp cooler located on that wall and covered the hole with this stained glass. Perhaps the most unique feature of this church is the special guests that are located within the walls. These special bees have lived within the walls for what seems like forever. The church members would collect the honey and disperse it among everyone, thus giving the church the nickname of “the sweet church”. The bees were removed with the reconstruction of the Chapel in 2014.

This Day in Texas History

  • 1883 On this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be used to pay down the public debt and the other half to establish a permanent school fund. The act opened to settlement about fifty-two Texas counties, in which the state sold 3,201,283 acres for $1,600,641.55. The Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity due to fraudulent land speculation

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Taylor County History Center
133 N. William Street
Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508

Museum: 325-572-3365
Offices: 325-572-3974