Details for Site of Abilene's First School

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441004720


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
Marker Location 302 North Cedar Street -Abilene
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

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