Site of Abilene's First School

Site of Abilene's First School (HM1S7X)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.132', W 99° 44.123'

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This site was set aside for use as a school by Stoddard Johnston, a newspaperman who platted the town of Abilene in the early 1880s. While the first schoolhouse was under construction in the spring of 1881, classes were held in a tent pitched between Hickory and Cedar streets. As was typical in early frontier towns, the schoolhouse also served as a community center and was used for church worship services. By 1884, the student population had outgrown the schoolhouse, and a new structure was built elsewhere. This site is a reminder of Abilene's early educational history.
Texas Sesquicentennial   1836 - 1986
HM NumberHM1S7X
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceSchool, Other
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker Number4720
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 430881 N 3590798
Decimal Degrees32.45220000, -99.73538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.132', W 99° 44.123'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 7.9200" N, 99° 44' 7.3800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)325
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 318 Cedar St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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