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Pierce Christian College

 
 
Pierce Christian College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
1. Pierce Christian College Marker
Inscription. College City is the site of the Pierce Christian College established in 1874 through the generosity of Andrew Pierce, founder of both the town and the college. The college provided Christian education for the young people of the area until the spring of 1897 when it closed, only to re-open that fall as the Pierce Joint Union High School. The facility located on five acres bounded by Ninth and Eleventh Streets on the north and south and by College and Market Streets on the west and east continued to house the high school until 1937 when the present high school was opened in Arbuckle. As a tribute to the foresight and generosity of Andrew Pierce the school and district retained the name of Pierce Joint Union High School and District.
Donated 1997 Pierce Centennial Committee

 
Erected 1997 by Pierce Centennial Committee.
 
Location. 39° 0.56′ N, 122° 0.4′ W. Marker is in College City, California, in Colusa County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles south of Tule Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arbuckle CA 95912, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arbuckle (approx.
Pierce Christian College Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
2. Pierce Christian College Marker - wide view
The marker is on a rock to the right of the flagpole. To the left of the flagpole is the bell from Pierce Christian Church.
2.9 miles away); Grand Island Shrine (approx. 8.2 miles away); Dr. Robert Semple (approx. 12 miles away); Colusa Union High School (approx. 13.9 miles away); Our Lady of Lourdes Church (approx. 14 miles away); Judge H. M. Albery House (approx. 14.1 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a low rock just to the right of the flagpole in the front of College City Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .
1. School History. Pierce Union High School (now in Arbuckle) provides a history of college and subsequent high school that came about because of Andrew Pierce's generosity. (Submitted on April 18, 2011.) 

2. Pioneer Church History: California. Charles Dailey's history of Christian Churches in California includes several paragraphs on Pierce Christian College: "...For years, this was the only school of higher education in this part of California. Tuition was $3 per month. At one time, most of the teachers of Colusa County were educated here. The college opened in 1874 and closed in 1897. College City is east of Arbuckle in Colusa
Pierce Christian Church Bell image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
3. Pierce Christian Church Bell
A few steps from the marker is the bell from Pierce Christian Church, which was located adjacent to Pierce Christian College. The church is no longer extant. The bell is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Pierce, the founder of College City.
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(Submitted on April 18, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Pierce Christian College image. Click for full size.
By Cook and Stormer
4. Pierce Christian College
This undated image, from the Justus Rogers' 1891 Colusa County History, provides a view of Pierce Christian College prior to its closing in 1897. On the college, Rogers wrote, "... Its departments of instruction are scientific, biblical, commercial, musical and art. Over one hundred students have been in attendance during the past year. The college is increasing yearly in prosperity and exerts an influence for letters and morality that redounds to the benefit of the county and State."
Site of Pierce Christian College today image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 17, 2011
5. Site of Pierce Christian College today
This is a view of the college site, looking due south from Ninth Street. The site has apparently been put to residential and agricultural purposes, and no signs of the former school were visible.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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