Living Hope receives historial marker …

EAGLE LAKE – The Colorado County Historical Commission dedicated the county’s newest historical marker on Sunday, March 31, honoring the history of the Eagle Lake Christian Church building and four congregations that have worshiped there before a crowd of more than 70 area residents and dignitaries.

The original Christian (Disciples of Christ) congregation to occupy the church pre-dated the building and met at the old union church building in Eagle Lake. Captain J.W. McCarty, a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War, and Eagle Lake’s most prominent early businessman, and member of the congregation, donated the land for the church building. His son later went on to found the Eagle Lake Headlight newspaper.

In 1888, the same year he helped create the church building, Eagle Lake incorporated as a city and McCarty was elected its first mayor.

“It was definitely a banner year for J.W. McCarty,” said Joe Fling, pastor of Living Hope Church, the current congregation occupying the historic church building. Fling, an Eagle Lake attorney, is also a member of the Colorado County Historical Commission.


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