Tarleton's History

Tarleton's history contains years of heritage, tradition, and pride. View our timeline to understand the history that has formed Tarleton State University.

You can find even more information in the Tarleton archives of the Cross Timbers Historical Project: http://www.tarleton.edu/library/crosstimbers/collections/tsu.html

1808-11-01 11:14:24

John Tarleton was born

There is no documentation of his birth, but it is believed John Tarleton was born in November 1808.

1865-01-01 00:00:00

John Tarleton walks to Texas

John Tarleton walks to Waco, Texas and establishes a mercantile store.

1880-01-01 00:00:00

John Tarleton walks from Waco to Santo

John Tarleton walks from Waco to Santo

1895-09-11 17:56:18

John Tarleton dies

John Tarleton contracted typhoid fever in the fall of 1895 and died on September 11th, 1895.

1899-09-02 17:56:18

John Tarleton College is established

John Tarleton College opened its doors on September 3, 1899 with W. H. Bruce as president.

1899-09-03 00:00:00

William Herschell Bruce is Tarleton's President

William Herschell Bruce is Tarleton's President

1900-01-01 00:00:00

Edgar Elliott Bramlett is Tarleton's President

Edgar Elliott Bramlett is Tarleton's President

1902-01-01 15:48:01

The First Red Brick Building on Campus

The original Science building was built. The first red brick building on campus

1906-01-01 00:00:00

John Tarleton College becomes a junior college academy program

John Tarleton College becomes a junior college academy program here

1906-01-01 00:00:00

Frank M. Martin is Tarleton's President

Frank M. Martin is Tarleton's President

1908-01-01 00:00:00

J.D. Sandefer is Tarleton's President

J.D. Sandefer is Tarleton's President

1909-01-01 00:00:00

Elzy Dee Jennings is Tarleton's President

Elzy Dee Jennings is Tarleton's President

1910-01-01 15:48:01

The First Women's Dorm

The first womens dorm, Wilkerson Hall, was erected.

1911-01-01 00:00:00

George J. Nunn is Tarleton's President

George J. Nunn is Tarleton's President

1912-01-01 00:00:00

Founding of the Tarleton Ex-Students Association

Founding of the Tarleton Ex-Students Association (Tarleton Alumni Association)

1912-01-01 00:00:00

Roswell W. Rogers is Tarleton's President

Roswell W. Rogers is Tarleton's President

1913-01-01 00:00:00

James Duncan Hughlett is Tarleton's President

James Duncan Hughlett is Tarleton's President

1913-01-01 00:00:00

James Franklin Cox is Tarleton's President

James Franklin Cox is Tarleton's President

1916-01-01 00:00:00

The Grassburr yearbook is first published

The Grassburr yearbook is first published

1916-01-01 22:15:59

The first social clubs came onto campus

The first social clubs came onto campus.

1917-01-01 00:00:00

John Tarleton College becomes part of The Texas A&M University System

John Tarleton College becomes part of The Texas A&M University System. Name is changed to John Tarleton Agricultural College.

1917-06-01 17:17:30

Purple Book was published

The first Purple Book was published.

1919-01-01 00:00:00

James Thomas Davis is Tarleton's President

James Thomas Davis is Tarleton's President

1919-01-01 00:00:00

The J-TAC newspaper is first published

The J-TAC newspaper is first published

1919-01-01 13:40:49

Howell Education Building was built

The E.J. Howell Education Building was built.

1921-01-01 00:00:00

Ten Tarleton Peppers (TTP) was established

Ten Tarleton Peppers (TTP) was established

1921-05-01 19:35:05

May Fete Celebration began

May Fete Celebration began.

1921-12-26 13:52:31

ROTC formally appeared on campus

ROTC formally appeared on campus.

1922-01-01 00:00:00

The "cannon" is brought to Tarleton

The cannon is brought to Tarleton from Fort Sam Houston to be used in ROTC training.

1923-01-01 00:00:00

Ten Tarleton Sisters (TTS) was established

Ten Tarleton Sisters (TTS) was established

1923-01-01 13:40:49

Smokestack was built

The Smokestack was built

1924-01-01 00:00:00

"Plowboys" mascot was adopted

"Plowboys" mascot was adopted. Coach W.J. Wisdom held a contest for a new mascot, but ended up coming up with the name himself.

1924-01-01 13:40:49

The Dean's House was built

The Dean's House was built and in now known as the Trogden House.

1925-01-01 06:46:05

Tarleton football went undefeated

Tarleton's football team went undefeated with the coaching of Coach Wisdom.

1927-01-01 06:26:10

The Original Dining Hall was built

The Original Dining Hall was built.

1928-01-01 00:00:00

The original Hunewell Bandstand is constructed

The original Hunewell Bandstand is constructed

1929-01-01 21:56:47

The Marston conservatory was built

The Marston Conservatory was built.

1931-01-01 21:56:47

Pearl Mahan Rock was donated

The Pearl Mahan Rock was donated.

1934-01-01 00:00:10

National record 86 game winning streak

Once a national record 86 game winning streak achieved by Coach W.J. Wisdom’s men’s basketball teams between 1934 and 1938.

1936-01-01 21:56:47

Davis Hall is built

Davis Hall was built.

1936-01-01 21:56:47

Moody Residence Hall is built

Moody Residence Hall is built for female students.

1938-01-01 21:56:47

Gough Residence is built

Gough Residence Hall was built for female students.

1939-11-29 00:00:00

L.V. Risinger throws a 2x4 at an NTAC airplane

L.V. Risinger throws a 2x4 at an NTAC student airplane that attempts to bomb the Homecoming bonfire. The plane crash-lands, but the students are okay.

1945-01-01 00:00:00

E.J. Howell is Tarleton's President

E.J. Howell is Tarleton's President

1947-01-01 21:56:47

Rodeo was established on campus

Rodeo was established on campus.

1947-08-23 12:01:53

Memorial Stadium was completed in 1977

Memorial Stadium was completed in 1977.

1949-01-01 00:00:00

John Tarleton Agricultural College becomes known as Tarleton State College

John Tarleton Agricultural College becomes known as Tarleton State College to reflect the liberal arts offerings

1949-01-01 07:39:05

The Wainwright Rifles made their first appearence at Tarleton

The Wainwright Rifles made their first appearance at Tarleton.

1951-08-04 07:07:19

Autry Building was built

Autry Building was built

1951-09-01 18:50:49

Memorial Stadium held its first Football Game

Memorial Stadium held its first Football Game.

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