Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Downey United Methodist Church—now and then

United Methodist Church Downey

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about the First Baptist Church of Downey. That church, started in 1868, is one of the oldest churches in Downey. Recently, reader Perscrutations commented on that post that the United Methodist Church in Downey is even older.

United Methodist Church DowneyThe information that I have is a little contradictory. Perscrutations wrote that the church officially dates back to 1854. But the church plaque, at left, states that the church was organized in 1869. The church's website is undergoing renovation, so I wasn't able to confirm either date. Hopefully, Perscrutations or another reader can point me to more information about the church history! (I love history!)

United Methodist Church DowneyBut I did come across this picture, below, of the church dated November 8, 1931.The tower and the door are similar to today's tower, above, and door, right. The current door is at the base of the current tower. Are they the same ones? It's hard to tell for sure.

Downey, California Downey United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy The Downey Conservancy/George Redfox

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