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Knickerbocker in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Knickerbocker Schools

 
 
Knickerbocker Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. Knickerbocker Schools Marker
Inscription. Education for children in southwestern Tom Green County was available at Knickerbocker schools as early as 1877. The Baze Subscription School, built by A.P. Baze (1833-1880) on his farm two miles north of Knickerbocker. Operated from 1877 to 1889, the one-room schoolhouse had adobe walls, a shingled roof, and a pine floor. Children came on horseback to attend a six-month school term. As the population grew, the county built a frame schoolhouse about 1889 to replace the Baze school. In 1926 a red brick school building with three classrooms, an auditorium, and a central hall replaced the 1889 frame structure.

In 1895, at the insistence of Dr. Boyd Cornick (1856-1933), a county school was built primarily for children of Mexican descent. This school was substantially remodeled in the 1930s. The two schools operated separately until 1948 when they were combined.

Following the consolidation of area rural schools in 1960, children from the Knickerbocker area traveled by bus to school in Christoval. The red brick Knickerbocker school building became a post office and community center in 1989.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2964.)
 
Location. 31° 16.25′ N, 100° 37.436′ 
Knickerbocker Post Office and Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. Knickerbocker Post Office and Community Center
View to west across Farm-to-Market Road 2335
W. Marker is in Knickerbocker, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 2335 0.1 miles south of Knickerbocker Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knickerbocker TX 76939, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Knickerbocker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christoval (approx. 9.2 miles away); Christoval United Methodist Church (approx. 9.2 miles away); Confederate Reunion Grounds (approx. 9.3 miles away); Christoval Baptist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away); Historic Roadside Park (approx. 9.4 miles away); John R. ("Sarge") Nasworthy (approx. 11.2 miles away); Site of Ben Ficklin (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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