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story.lead_photo.caption Cumberland Presbyterian Church was the first church organized in the Guthrie area and the third in Callaway County. Photo by Contributed photo

Follow along as the Fulton Sun visits each location in the Great Callaway 200 Scavenger Hunt from the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.

Callawegians have until Friday to race to 20 historical locations across the county. From early settlement and Civil War battles to religious communities and commerce, these places represent two centuries of county history.

Today, the newspaper is featuring one of the locations highlighted in the scavenger hunt — Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Cumberland Presbyterian Church was the first church organized in the Guthrie area and the third in Callaway County.

Founded on Oct. 4, 1823, the church was a small log cabin known as Log Providence built on Picayne Prairie south of Graveyard hill.

The community of Guthrie was founded near the church in 1872, the same year the railroad was built for $640,000, running from Mexico, Missouri to Cedar City by the Missouri River. Sources disagree — Guthrie might have been laid out by John and Samuel N. Guthrie or it might have been laid out by Ben Bigbee, the man who furnished the funds to build the railroad.

The log cabin church was eventually replaced with a frame building, commissioned for $1,000 in 1880.

Today, Cumberland Baptist Church is privately owned and sits empty.

Learn more about the hunt at callawaymohistory.org/scavenger- hunt.

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