Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
After Baylor's Relocation
— Baylor University —
From fall 1886 through 1888, the Union Baptist Association reacquired the two campuses to establish William Carey Crane College. The male department operated on Windmill Hill until 1888, and the land was sold to J. C. Clay, a local citizen.
In 1889, Clay sold the campus to Francis M. Huhn, a Catholic priest. Father Huhn established Guardian Angels Orphanage and Industrial School for Colored Boys until about 1920. All told, Windmill Hill facilities were continuously employed for educating young men by three Christian institutions 70 years, from 1850 to about 1920.
Erected by Baylor University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 30° 18.985′ 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 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. In Recognition of the Land Donations to Baylor (here, next to this marker); Founding of Baylor University (here, next to this marker); Baylor University's First Years (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); Bell Tower (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 in 1841 organized an education society in the Texas Union Baptist Association with the purpose of establishing a Baptist university in Texas. Baylor was chartered by the Republic of Texas on February 1, 1845, and was opened in 1846 at Independence. Source: The Handbook of Texas(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 112 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.