Details for Hardin-Simmons University (Atlas Number 5441002373)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441002373


Marker Number 2373
Atlas Number 5441002373
Marker Title Hardin-Simmons University
Index Entry Hardin-Simmons University
Address Hickory St.
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 430948
UTM Northing 3593475
Subject Codes Baptist denomination; educational topics
Marker Year 1967
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Hardin-Simmons University, N side of Hickory Street, S of Sandefer Memorial Administrative Office
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Organized as Abilene Baptist College by cattlemen, preachers, and Sweetwater Baptist Association in 1891. Named for New York pastor, James B. Simmons, after he donated funds for completing the first building, which housed the president, classes, and women students during school's early years. Men lived in nearby barn-like structure, "Valhalla." Noted early presidents were the missionary-editor, O. C. Pope, Oscar Henry Cooper, renowned educator; and Jefferson Davis Sandefer, in whose term (1909-1940) the school made extensive growth. Approximately 44,000 students have been enrolled, and 10,000 degrees conferred. Ex-students enter business and the professions, including medicine, law, teaching, engineering; ministers and lay workers serve in hundreds of pulpits and on all continents. Students come from many states and foreign countries. Athletic teams are "Cowboys"; the "Cowboy" band, famous nationally, has played in 45 states and on 3 continents. Renamed Simmons University, 1925; and Hardin-Simmons in 1934, after generous benefactions by John G. and Mary Hardin. Since 1940, guided by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Most of extant buildings have been constructed since 1945. (1967)