JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF
This painting hangs inside one wing of First Baptist Church Tow depicting the arch built in 1940 with the congregation and Sunday school classes behind it. Established in 1854, the church is celebrating its 160th anniversary Oct. 18-19. Staff photo by Jared Fields
TOW — As the country — and then state — of Texas was formed, early settlers on the Colorado River began holding worship services.
Some records say that could have started as early as the 1830s. One family record from the time says worship services were held in the 1840s.
Officially, however, Tow Baptist Church was established in 1854. On Oct. 18-19, First Baptist Church Tow will celebrate 160 years.
“It’s the oldest church in the Burnet-Llano Baptist Association,” said Lois Laxson, chair of the celebration