The Christian churches of Colorado numbered sixty in 1917, with a
further increase during the past year. The church membership then was
11,344. This was an increase from thirty-one church organizations and
2,400 communicants in 1910.
The First Church of Christ of Denver
was organized by a few ardent disciples, among whom were former Governor
Routt and members of his family, members of the well-known Brinker family,
of Denver, J. N. Hill, William and James Davis and I. E. Barnum.
For many months meetings were held in the chapel of the Brinker Institute,
which had been built in 1880 and which was later the Hotel Richelieu, and
still later the Navarre. On December 13, 1881, while still meeting in the
Brinker Institute, the church was incorporated as The Central Christian
Church of Denver, with J. N, Hill, William Davis, James Davis, I. E.
Barnum and John L. Routt as incorporators. The membership had also
increased to such an extent that the Rev. M. D. Todd was, on September 18,
1881, made pastor of the church, and lots were purchased on the present
site of the Majestic Building for a permanent church home. When on March
25, 1883, the church was dedicated its pastor was Rev. W. B, Craig, and
the dedication sermon was preached by Rev. Isaac Errett.
the beautiful home of the Central Christian Church until 1900, when the
Majestic Building was projected. On Easter Sunday, 1902, the fine church
on Lincoln Street and Sixteenth Avenue, which today is its home, was
Both the Colorado Springs and the Boulder churches were
pioneers in the work of the denomination in the state.
Much of the
splendid growth of the church in Colorado is due to the enthusiastic
labors of the American Christian Missionary Society, of which Rev. C. H.
Morris, pastor of the Central Christian Church, is state president, and
Rev. Charles W. Dean, corresponding secretary and missionary.
1917 there were Christian churches in Colorado with membership as follows:
Las Animas 190
Denver, East Side 234
Denver, Highlands 500
Denver, 43d Avenue 130
Denver, West Side 190
Colorado City 155
Colorado Springs 1,067
Glenwood Springs 20
Sheridan Lake 22
Fort Collins 363
Grand Junction 960
Fort Morgan 233
La Junta 220
Rocky Ford 290
Pueblo, Broadway 260
Pueblo, Central 484
Pueblo, Vineland 20
Monte Vista 210
S. L. W. Ranches 65
History of Colorado
Source: History of Colorado, Wilbur
Fisk Stone, Editor, Volume I, Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing
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