FALLS CREEK TIMELINE
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.