Dorn Chapel

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Date: 1891 [unknown]
Location: Mitchell, Texas, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Dorn Chapel, Mitchell County, Texas Mitchell_County_Texas Dorn
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General Information

Name: Dorn Chapel, aka Dorn United Methodist Chapel, Union Church (before 1905)

Location: West of Colorado City on F. M. 2836, four miles south of I-20, west side of the road.

GPS Coordinates: 32.3296190, -100.9469160


In May of 1891, the Rev. J. W. Montgomery organized a faith community in central Mitchell County, southwest of Colorado City. Though the gathering was mostly United Methodists, in deference to those of other denominations who were charter members, the church was named Union Chapel. Soon thereafter several local men, including John Melvin Dorn, G. W. Richardson, J. M. Green and J. W. Boswell, got together and constructed a one-room building to serve the congregation's purposes, including providing a space for children to attend school, and a place for community gatherings and meetings. The original seats were planks placed across nail kegs. The community quickly became known as Union Community.

In 1905 the first building was abandoned in favor of a new building with more than one room, and the church was re-named Dorn Chapel. This is the building that still stands today. It has been the focal point for Dorn family reunions throughout the years, and its adjacent cemetery, the Dorn Cemetery is still an active burial place for those with ties to the old community.

Original Members

  • J. W. Boswell
  • Georgia L. Boswell
  • W. S. Costin
  • J. M. Dorn (served as Sunday School superintendent until 1925)
  • Talvy A. Dorn
  • Hannah P. Dorn
  • Arthur A. Dorn
  • Preston Phenix
  • Catherine Pritchett
  • Susan Phillips


  • Manuscript of compiled, unsourced information from Great-aunt Katie "Kitten" Slaughter Richardson, in collection of Stacy Smith Aannestad.


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