Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"First Baptist Church Steeple to Arrive Here Shortly"

From the Bossier Press issue of February 23, 1966, the following announcement about the eagerly awaited arrival of the steeple for First Baptist Church of Bossier City appeared. 

“The long-awaited 152-foot steeple of the new First Baptist Church of Bossier City was reported en route to the city this week and it’s expected to be erected within two to three weeks.” 

“Marshall Walker of the Shreveport architectural firm of Walker and Walker which designed the new $1 million-plus church said the steeple’s three sections were to have been loaded on six railroad flat cars around the middle of last week.” 

“Spotlights to illuminate the base of the steeple are already installed on the front lawn will be installed as soon as weather permits.” 

“A.W. Hogan, president of the Southern builders Construction Co., which erected the new church, said the three sections of the steeple will be hoisted by a long boom crane into position over the sanctuary edifice within two days after arrival. The Completion of the steeple structure after the components are in place will take approximately one week, according to Hogan.” 

“J.D. Miot Jr. of the Carter-Miot Engineering Co. of Columbia, S.C., said he regretted the delay in delivery, but he added, ‘Once the job is completed the enjoyment of the beauty of the structure will very soon overcome and push into oblivion the memory of the temporary disappointment resulting from a completion delay.’” 

“The new church, located on East Texas Street between Benton Road and Airline Drive, opened its doors on Dec. 5.” 

First Baptist Church of Bossier City was first incorporated in 1903 as Ardis Memorial Baptist Church, until 1939 when the name was changed to First Baptist Church of Bossier City. It was located at Hunter Street (now East Texas Street) and East Third Street until it was relocated to its current location, 2810 East Texas Street, in 1965.  

Fire December 10, 2018; Bossier Parish Library History Center collection 2019.004.001
To learn more about the history of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, visit the Bossier Parish Libraries History Center.

By: Amy Robertson

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