Courtesy of Don Marquette

First Baptist Church, located at North Thirteenth and Grand Avenue, was organized Dec. 1,1857 at the residence of William H.Byers by the constituent members. Reverand R.L. Compere wascalled as the pastor. In 1869, the congregation bought two lots at the site mentioned above. Because of the Civil War, the building was not completed until 1885. On Tuesday, January 11,1898, a cyclone crossed the city and destroyed the church. The new church was completed on Oct. 22,1899. The auditorium was first used in 1903. The building was remodeled in 1927.