Details for Site of Abilene's First School (Atlas Number 5441004720)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441004720

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Marker Number 4720
Atlas Number 5441004720
Marker Title Site of Abilene's First School
Index Entry Abilene's First School
Address 302 N Cedar St.
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 430838
UTM Northing 3590768
Subject Codes educational topics
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 302 North Cedar Street -Abilene
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text 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 education history. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986