Founded in 1890, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth began its mission in Fort Worth using a Gospel Wagon to reach out to residents. For its 120-year history, the YMCA has always been here for good – for the good of the community and its residents.

The YMCA’s Gospel Wagon

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YMCA Gospel Wagon in Fort Worth, circa 1890

The YMCA took to the streets of Fort Worth near the turn of the 20th Century with a Gospel Wagon, equipped with benches for volunteers and staff and an organ in the back so the workers could provide services on the spot.

Can you identify the Fort Worth church in the background of this shot?


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