Thursday, June 24, 2010

Campus Improvement is Very Noticeable
J-TAC June 30, 1926

The 1908 postcard above shows Tarleton Street looking west toward the campus. The cupola of the original building can be seen in the far back just to the right of the street. It was located where the home economics building was in what is now Heritage Park. In 1915 a new administration building was constructed in its' place.

By 1926, according to the J-TAC headline above, the campus was getting many improvements! "The paving of the military driveway was completed before the opening of the fall term of '23-'24. The paving of Tarleton Avenue was begun in the spring of 1924 and completed during the next regular session." By that time another annex to the dorm was needed so the rose garden was destroyed and the annex was built there. In addition, a new dining hall was built, with future plans to build a new auditorium, fine arts building , and a mechanical arts building.

The paving of the streets of Stephenville would have certainly been a great improvement! The postcard above shows Tarleton Street before any paving was done! Just imagine traveling on Tarleton Street as it was in the postcard above! The June 30, 1926 article closed by saying:

"Here's to Tarleton and the principles she holds dear, may she never cease to improve!"

Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy.
J-TAC, June 30, 1926.
Dick Smith Library, Cross Timbers Historic Images Project.

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