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Salado College Hill Park, Salado

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Salado College was a college in Salado, Texas, United States that operated from 1860 until 1885.
Salado College began on October 8, 1859 at a tent meeting at Salado Springs of prominent men from throughout Bell County with a desire to create a high class school in the county. They organized the Salado College Joint Stock Company and raised $5,000 for the college through sale of stock. The board of the company had seven trustees. Colonel Elijah Sterling Clack Robertson was elected President of the board.
Robertson donated 100acre of land to the college on October 16, 1859. Ten acres of the land was for the college grounds and ninety acres was to subdivided and sold to families moving to the area. The proceeds of the land sale provided money for building the school. Salado College was the first college in the state to operate without church or state funds.
On February 8, 1860, Salado College was incorporated by the Texas Legislature for twenty years to grant diplomas, confer degrees and perform other corporate functions. Unlike most colleges of the era in the United States, Salado College was to be coeducational. The college erected a temporary wooden building, and the first classes began on February 20, 1860. Seventy-five students were enrolled the first term. Students that did not live in the area boarded with local families as the college had no dormitory. Teachers temporarily lived in tents. Work out when and for how long to visit Salado College Hill Park and other Salado attractions using our handy Salado online trip maker.
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  • I had seen the remains of the college when thru the area years ago. At that time it was just some white walls barely seen in the woods. What a difference now ! The area has been cleared, upgraded... 
    I had seen the remains of the college when thru the area years ago. At that time it was just some white walls barely seen in the woods. What a difference now ! The area has been cleared, upgraded...  more »
  • Stumbled across by accident and we were pleased to walk the mainly shaded grounds/ruins and read the historic markers. Never knew a college had existed in Salado. Interesting place and history. 
    Stumbled across by accident and we were pleased to walk the mainly shaded grounds/ruins and read the historic markers. Never knew a college had existed in Salado. Interesting place and history.  more »

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