Texas Independence Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Independence: Old Baylor Park at Windmill Hill

The columns  in Old Baylor Park in Independence mark the location where Baylor University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of Texas and the largest Baptist university in the world, opened its doors in 1846. Today, only the columns of the main building and the ruins of the stone kitchen remain of the Baylor Female College Campus. The site is owned and maintained by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.


  • Sam Houston Road and Hwy 50
  • Independence, Texas
  • 77833


Hours & Fees

  • Daily

  • Free



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Read more about Baylor University in the Handbook of Texas Online.