Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery
SH 6 just north of Patterson Rd.
Addicks , 77084
Church building moved; now located at 1212 North Hwy 6 & Park Row; church renamed Addicks United Methodist Church in 1968; supported by Addicks Bear Creek Cemetery Association
Directions: North of I-10- on State Highway 6, location just north of Patterson Rd. on right across from West Houston Airport
Key Time Period: 1877 - 1892 Post-Reconstruction
Marker Text: German immigrants settled in the area surrounding the junction of Langham and Bear creeks in the 1840s. Settlers traveled to nearby churches for Sunday services until about 1879 when seven charter members established the Bear Creek German Methodist Church. The congregation initially met in members' homes. The church was subsequently made a mission of the Rose Hill Methodist Church near Tomball.
In 1890 a small church building was erected near the Hillendahl Family Cemetery. The site proved to be poorly drained and often inaccessible, and in 1902 the congregation moved the sanctuary here on three acres donated by Fred and Katherine Brandt. A part of the acreage was laid out as a cemetery. Christine Backen's burial in 1904 was the first recorded here. The cemetery is still active and is maintained by the Addicks Bear Creek Cemetery Association.
A summer storm destroyed the sanctuary in 1915 but by the end of that year a new church building had been erected. Area flooding in 1935 resulted in the construction of the nearby Addicks Reservoir in 1940 and the subsequent removal of the church to another site about 1.7 miles south of here. The congregation changed its name to Addicks United Methodist Church in 1968. (1994)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 448 N
GPS Coordinates: 29 48.849, 95 38.674
Precinct No: 3
Marker No: 10612