Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Abilene Christian University
This school, formed to provide a Christian education for all grade levels, was founded in 1906 by A.B. Barret, an early educator and preacher for Texas Churches of Christ. It was first called Childers Classical Institute in honor of Col. J.W. Childers, who deeded his homesite at North First and Victoria Streets for use as a campus. Early expansion of the institution began in 1912 with the 12-year presidency of Jesse P. Sewell. In 1920 it became Abilene Christian College and nine years later was moved to new facilities here. The present name was adopted in 1976.
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 70.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 32° 28.035′ N, 99° 42.687′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Campus Court and College Drive, on the right when traveling north on Campus Court. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abilene TX 79601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured Site of Old Headquarters of the Hashknife Ranch (approx. 0.7 miles away); Abilene Municipal Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Morgan Jones (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Double V" Memorial Flagpole (approx. one mile away); Claiborne Walker Merchant (approx. one mile away); James Winford Hunt (approx. one mile away); Thomas Middlebrook Willis (approx. one mile away); Eugenia Pickard (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . .
1. Abilene Christian University’s History. University's Website entry (Submitted on July 30, 2015.)
2. Abilene Christian University. Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online” entry (Submitted on July 30, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 30, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.