My World Tuesday: Hardin-Simmons Landmarks

This week we I would like to share some more scences from my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University.  A few weeks ago I posted a quick visual tour of the campus or the “40 Acres” as it is called.  Today I would like to share some of the landmarks from campus. Most are from the pond area of a campus.  Located at the front of campus the pond is  the centerpiece of the campus.

Reflection Pond and Leggit Bridge
Reflection Pond and Legett Memorial Bridge

The reflection pond was built from a gift by Mr. & Mrs. Frand M. Woods in 1978. In 1979 a gazebo was built beside the pond in honor of the class of 1929’s 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the gazebo. When I was a student sometimes we would bring a TV and VCR out and watch movies by the pond. The Legett Memorial Bridge spans the Reflection Pond was dedicated by the May 2002 senior class in memory of of one of HSU’s founders. When I was a student freshman caught without their beanies or walking on the grass during “Howdy Week” were often ponded (thrown into the pond). Surprisingly, I made it 4 1/2 years without ever being ponded. That was a little known fact that I didn’t  reveal as a student.

Cannon located near the Reflection Pond.
Cannon located near the Reflection Pond.
Bell that once hung in the Old Main building. Today is displayed near the pond.
Bell that once hung in the Old Main building. Today is displayed near the pond.
Grave marker for Dam-it, College Mascot from 1916-1920.
Grave marker for Dam-it, College Mascot from 1916-1920.

Dam-it or Fritz as he was called on Sundays was a stray dog that became the college mascot. According to campus legend he was named by Gib Sandifer son of campus president J.D. Sandifer.  Supposedly the purple and gold hydrant marks the remains of the beloved dog. I seriously doubt that it does because that marker has been moved several times.

Memorial for J.D. "Prexie" Sandefer.
Memorial for J.D. “Prexie” Sandefer. University president from 1909-1940.
Memorial located between Moody Center and Sandefer Hall.
Memorial located between Moody Center and Sandefer Hall.

The area contains memorials for the Sandefers and Simmons.  When I was as student there was a decorative fence around the memorials. It was a common occurrence for students from Abilene’s other university Abilene Christian University or McMurry University to get a picture of this for scavenger hunts and occasionally leave a sign or other item there.

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15 thoughts on “My World Tuesday: Hardin-Simmons Landmarks”

  1. What a lovely campus you have shown with your pictures
    I am glad you never was “ponded” I would not have like that either.
    I do like the view of the bridge and the reflection pond, I could see myself relaxing by it listening to soft music and reading a book, not textbook. What a lovely campus you have shown with your pictures.

  2. Guy D., Louise, Nathan, Rural Writer, Baruch: TY

    Indrani: It was a fun trip. The campus had changed a lot in the 5 years since I had last been on campus.

    Kathleen: It was a fun place to hang out, play Frisbee or football.

    Janie: Yes, especially if you consider the time period and that the school was a conservative Baptist school.

    Wren: For the most it was a good time for me.

  3. Thank you for your sweet comment today! Your world full of civilization is a far cry from my remote bush, lol, but thanks for bringing me there!
    Warm greetings from West Africa,
    Esther

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