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Bryan in Brazos County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home

 
 
Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 3, 2021
1. Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker
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Founded 1870 by Odd Fellows Lodge. Housed in a 2-story frame building. Taught drawing, English, French, German, Greek, Latin, music, philosophy, geometry, trigonometry, science, surveying, penmanship. Had primary to young adult students, attracted here from an 80-mile area. Records do not show planned orphanage ever operated. Funds came chiefly from tuition fees.

During 5-year career, school taught future Texas leaders. The building was sold (1875) to W.W. and B.L. James and Mrs. V.D. Eaton, for Bryan Academy. It housed St. Joseph's Church 1876 to 1903.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8691.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 30° 40.435′ N, 96° 22.065′ W. Marker is in Bryan, Texas, in Brazos County. Marker is at the intersection of North Preston Avenue and William Joel Bryan Parkway (Farm to Market Road 158), on the right when traveling north on North Preston Avenue. The marker
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is located along the northwest corner of the school. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 North Preston Avenue, Bryan TX 77803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph School (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Named for William Joel Bryan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brazos County Confederate Commissioners Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harvey Mitchell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brazos County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Hood's Texas Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bryan.
 
Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 3, 2021
2. Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker
The view of the Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 3, 2021
3. The view of the Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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