Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1917-1918 Page: 12 of 66
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10 ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
In 1906 the idea of building a Christian College in West Texas was
conceived by A. B. Barrett. On account of its central location, its high
moral tone, and its excellent type of citizenship, Abilene was selected
for the location of the proposed school. The institution began its first
year in the fall of 1906, with only twenty-five pupils. With exception
of some fluctuations due to unfavorable crop conditions, it has
been growing steadily ever since. Some mistakes have been made,
of course, as is always the case when a school is in the making.
We propose to profit by these mistakes. The school has just closed
the best session of its history.
Abilene, the county seat of Taylor county and a wide-awake,
growing city of nearly fifteen thousand people, is situated near
the geographical center of Texas and is the heart of a fine agricultural
belt. It is the largest and most important trade center not only
in Taylor county but in that large section of the State known and in
a general way described as Central West Texas. It is a religious
town, a school town, a town that seeks only good citizens. In fact,
Abilene is one of the cleanest cities of Texas. There are no saloons
or other public vices. We have all of the modern conveniences of
the city. It is a high, healthful location, almost entirely free from
malaria. Students, without doubt, do more work and better work
in our excellent climate than in the low altitudes and humid atmosphere
further east. Abilene is a very desirable place in which to
live, from the viewpoint of finance, elevation, climate, health, citizenship,
church and school. Good families are moving here especially
for the benefit of Abilene Christian College. We should be glad to
furnish any information possible on these points.
ADVANTAGES OF LOCATION
In selecting a school the nature of the location should not be
considered lightly. Some locations offer advantages for development
far superior to others. In many places there are no advantages e--
cept those within the school, and in others the influences are calculated
to retard and injure.
Abilene offers very superior advantages to students. It is a college
town, filled with the college spirit. Not only do our students enjoy
the advantages of a Christian college unsurpassed, but they also
have the privilege of the very best Lyceum courses and excellent programs
in Expression and Music. Leading men of the various profes
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1917-1918, book, July 1918; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45904/m1/12/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.