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 Post subject: Black Bear Church
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28th, 2011 am31 9:02 am 
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I've always heard about this place, but just recently been able to find it and visit. Little is known about this place, but from what I was able to find, it used to be called New Bethany Baptist church and was built in 1941. The walls are now covered in graffiti, the worst of it in the basement. Black Bear Cemetery is across this street is older being around sincew the 1890s. It is still being used. In the far left hand corner, all by itself, is a stone with the words Unknown Cowboy carved upon it.

There are rumors about the place being haunted. Reports are shadows crossing the street from the cemetery to the church. Footsteps overhead when you're in the basement and EVPs.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Bear Church
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28th, 2011 pm31 12:38 pm 
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Nice find! Is this by Black Bear Creek?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Bear Church
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28th, 2011 pm31 2:20 pm 
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It's on the west of I-35 and South of Cimarron Turnpike.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Bear Church
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28th, 2011 pm31 5:01 pm 
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Very kool thanks for the pics!

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 Post subject: Re: Black Bear Church
PostPosted: Fri Jun 1st, 2018 am30 11:39 am 
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I am the owner of this property, and it has been in my family since the Land Run of 1893. I would like to thank you for not providing dir3ctions to this location - I have a LOT of trouble as it is with trespassers, partiers, ghost hunters, etc, and I'm trying hard to discourage people from coming onto the property.
As for the church itself...... It was constructed in 1941 (I have photos of the construction) following the destruction of the original New Bethany Baptist Church that stood about 1/4 mile east of this location. The original wooden building was constructed soon after the Run and was hit by a tornado (the same one, as I understand, that destroyed my grandfather's original barn)
My family donated the land to build the church, and the community drew together to purchase the building materials, and even had to conduct a "metal drive" for support structure due to the scarcity of steel leading up to WWII.
The church was evidently an active country, community church until the early 1960s, when attendance dried up to basically my grandmother, great-uncle and the pastor for the final service.
Following that last service, the Land reverted back to my family's possession. At the time, all the pews, the organ and other furnishings were still inside. Unfortunately, people started breaking in and, over the years, everything was stolen or destroyed.
The past few years has seen a serious increase in trespassers hoping to see ghosts, spirits, whatever, and there have been multiple videos posted online about it. (I have gotten most of them removed under threat of prosecution) I can assure you that this building has NEVER been haunted, has NEVER been a church of Satan, etc....
Kind of a sad end to a building that was originally erected with high hopes, love and devotion to worshipping God.


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