Details for Abilene State School (Atlas Number 5441000073)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441000073

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Marker Number 73
Atlas Number 5441000073
Marker Title Abilene State School
Index Entry Abilene State School
Address 664 Maple St
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 431491
UTM Northing 3586902
Subject Codes educational topics; hospitals; medical topics and health professionals; institutional buildings
Marker Year 1981
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 664 Maple Street, just south of SH 36, Abilene
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The Texas Legislature provided for the establishment of this institution in 1899 as a center for the treatment of epilepsy. Opened in 1904 under the direction of Dr. John Preton, it was largely self-sufficient, with surrounding land used for raising crops and livestock. Significant research on epilepsy was conducted here by Dr. T. B. Bass, superintendent from 1909 to 1943. A residential facility since 1957, the Abilene State School has developed a leading program of quality care for the mentally retarded based on innovative ideas and widespread community support.