FALLS CREEK TIME­LINE

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1917 — J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer pur­chase a 160-acre tract of land in the Ar­buckle Moun­tains for $1,200. The first camper ar­rived to what was to be­come known as Falls Creek Bap­tist As­sem­bly on Aug. 16, 1917.

1918 — The open-air Tripp Taber­na­cle re­placed a large tent that had been used for wor­ship for the in­au­gu­ral as­sem­bly.

1923 — An elec­tric light plant was in­stalled and tele­phone ser­vice was brought to the camp.

1929 — The open-air Moorer-Rounds Taber­na­cle was com­pleted with seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 1,200.

1934 — Falls Creek was dubbed “the largest Bap­tist sum­mer en­camp­ment in the world” and reg­is­tra­tion had in­creased to 5,380.

1943-45 — Falls Creek was closed in 1943 for fear of the spread of po­lio and a con­tin­ued heat wave. The camp was closed in 1944 and 1945 due to the ef­fects of World War II.

1947 — Indian Falls Creek started as a time when Amer­i­can Indian Bap­tist churches could cel­e­brate both their faith and their cul­tural iden­tity.

1955 — “Tent City” was elim­i­nated at the camp as more and more churches and associations built cab­ins.

1961 — The open-air taber­na­cle was en­larged and a sound sys­tem was in­stalled.

1967 — Attendance reached an all-time high of 26,414, the year Falls Creek marked its 50th an­niver­sary.

1978 — The name Falls Creek Bap­tist As­sem­bly was changed to Falls Creek Bap­tist Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. 1983 — Ok­la­homa To­day re­ported a to­tal of 158 churches owned and main­tain cab­ins at Falls Creek. 1998 — The 42-acre Odd Fel­lows Camp ad­ja­cent to Falls Creek, which in­cludes Price’s Falls, is pur­chased.

1999 — A new pro­posal was in­tro­duced to build a large cli­mate-con­trolled taber­na­cle.

2000 — The Wat­son Chal­lenge Course was con­structed as one of the largest ropes cour­ses in North Amer­ica.

2005 — De­mo­li­tion of the old open-air taber­na­cle be­gan and ground was bro­ken for a new cli­mate­con­trolled taber­na­cle.

2007 — The 7,253-seat cli­mate-con­trolled R.A. Young Taber­na­cle, is ded­i­cated in a special cer­e­mony on May 26.

2010 —For the first time, evening wor­ship ser­vices are streamed live world­wide via the In­ter­net.

2015 — The Jor­dan Wel­come Cen­ter is com­pleted. 2016 — The Ma­thena Fam­ily Event Cen­ter, Thomp­son Fam­ily Lodge are com­pleted.

2017 — A record num­ber of pro­fes­sions of faith — 2,580 — were recorded dur­ing the weeks of Falls Creek sum­mer youth camp.

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