Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Founding of Baylor University
— Baylor University —
The congress of the Republic of Texas, meeting at Washington-on the-Brazos, chartered Baylor University on February 1st, 1845. The idea of a Baptist university in Texas originated with William Milton Tryon, who with Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, one of Texas' most respected judges, won political support for establishing such an institution for the Baptist youth of Texas, training ministers to staff the Republic's many new Baptist churches and for equipping professionals "to meet the needs of all the ages to come." Several names were suggested for the new institution but Tryon insisted that the institution be named in honor of Judge Baylor. The school was to be governed by a board of 15 trustees.
In December 1845, the Baylor trustees placed their new institution in the prosperous town of Independence, Washington County, and determined that the best permanent campus location would be Windmill Hill. This would be the home of Baylor University until 1886.
View of Independence from the Old Baylor College (Used by permission of the Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco)
McArdle Sketch (1883)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is February 1, 1845.
Location. 30° 18.987′ N, 96° 20.714′ W. Marker is in Independence, Texas, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Farm to Market Road 50 and Hood Hotel Road. The marker is located at the northeast section of the Baylor Park at Windmill Hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baylor University's First Years (here, next to this marker); In Recognition of the Land Donations to Baylor (here, next to this marker); Windmill Hill (here, next to this marker); Baylor University Campus on Windmill Hill: (here, next to this marker); Baylor's Survival— (here, next to this marker); A College Town (a few steps from this marker); Houston Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Built in 1845 by General Jerome B. Robertson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Also see . . . Baylor University.
Baylor University owes its founding to Robert E. B. Baylor, James Huckins, and William Milton Tryon, who(Submitted on February 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.