Buffalo Gap in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Buffalo Gap College
In Operation 1885-1902; Site Two Blocks West
Founded 1885 by Presbyterian Church. Institution previously operated as a high school. In peak year, over 300 pupils, many from distant places, attended.
First president was W.H. White. College had greatest success under J.M. Wagstaff. Presidents later were J.W. Melton, R.W. Benge, E.W. Dorian, J.N. Ellis, John Collier, J.B. Clay, and (again) W.H. White.
The two-story, red sandstone building had four classrooms on the first floor, an auditorium on the second, and a belfry. The curriculum included courses in Latin, Greek, Christian evidence, physics, calculus, and music.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 560.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 32° 16.83′ N, 99° 49.596′ W. Marker is in Buffalo Gap, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Vine Street, on the left when traveling south on West Street. Marker is located at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo Gap TX 79508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Town of Buffalo Gap (here, next to this marker); Vicinity of Indian Fight (here, next to this marker); The Ernie Wilson Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); Taylor County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buffalo Gap Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor County (approx. 4 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps at Abilene State Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cedar Gap Community (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo Gap.
Also see . . . Buffalo Gap College. From the Texas State Historical Association's “The Handbook of Texas”. (Submitted on June 23, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.