William Carey Crane College

By: R. C. Crane

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: September 1, 1995

William Carey Crane College was established at Independence, Texas, around 1886, after Baylor University and Baylor Female College were moved to Waco. Professor William Winston Fontaine, assisted by Charles H. Wedemeyer and others, advertised the institution as a continuation of the two Baylor schools in the old Baylor plants. The school had ten pianos, 3,500 books in the library, and other adequate equipment. Henry Arthur McArdle headed the art department. Fontaine was succeeded about 1889 by R. E. Binford, who secured a ten-year lease on the plants and changed the name to Binford University. The Baylor plant was sold in March 1889 for a debt of $2,000, and about 1897 all efforts to continue the institution were abandoned.

James Milton Carroll, A History of Texas Baptists (Dallas: Baptist Standard, 1923). Carl Bassett Wilson, History of Baptist Educational Efforts in Texas, 1829–1900 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1934).
  • Education
  • Defunct Colleges and Universities
  • Religion
  • Baptist

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

R. C. Crane, “William Carey Crane College,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/william-carey-crane-college.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995