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Elon in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Elon University

 
 
Elon University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
1. Elon University Marker
Inscription. Founded Elon College by the Christian Church in 1889. Coeducational. Burned in 1923; rebuilt 1923 - 26.
 
Erected 2002 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number G 52.)
 
Location. 36° 6.158′ N, 79° 30.4′ W. Marker is in Elon, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on North Williamson Avenue near West Haggard Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elon NC 27244, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dentzel Carousel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pine Hill Cemetery - Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); North Carolina Railroad (was approx. 4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Johnston Moves West (approx. 4 miles away); Norfolk & Western Caboose #518654 (approx. 4 miles away); Camp Alamance (approx. 4 miles away); Tryon’s Camp (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named Johnston Moves West (approx. 4.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Elon University is a beautiful campus. The brick walkways throughout are perfect for strolling.
 
Regarding Elon University. Elon College opened in
Elon University Marker at Intersection image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
2. Elon University Marker at Intersection
1889 with William S. Long as the founder and first president. The college was built at Mill Point, a small stop on the North Carolina Railroad. The place was also known as "Boon's Crossing."

The name Elon is the Hebrew word for "oak". The name was selected due to the old oak trees which dominated the land to be cleared for the college.

Elon College opened on September 2, 1890, as a four-year liberal arts college.

The community grew quickly around the college, and was incorporated in 1893 as Elon College. In January 1923, the main campus building was destroyed by fire along with the chapel, the library and many school records. During the reconstruction, which took about three years to complete, the campus was expanded and five new buildings were built to accommodate the growing college.

Elon College added graduate degree programs in the 1980s. A law degree program was added in 2006.The college changed its name to Elon University in 2000. At the same time, the name of the town was changed from Elon College to Elon.
 
Also see . . .  Elon University. (Submitted on April 26, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
 
Additional keywords. Alamance, Company Shops, Burlington, Graham,
Back Side of the Elon University Marker Covered by Detour Sign image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
3. Back Side of the Elon University Marker Covered by Detour Sign
William S. Long, Boones Crossing, Boons, Mill Point

 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducationNotable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Elon University image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
4. Elon University
The Alamance Building and the Fountain on Haggard Avenue
The Belk Library at Elon University image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
5. The Belk Library at Elon University
The Clock in Front of Belk Library image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, April 25, 2010
6. The Clock in Front of Belk Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,629 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 26, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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