Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Dixie College

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Location: Quadrangle just south of East 9th Street, Cookeville, TN
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 36° 10.429    W 085° 30.238
  36.17381666    -85.50396666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This quadrangle was part of the grounds of the University of Dixie, commonly called "Dixie College," chartered 18 Nov. 1909. Jere Whitson and other Cookeville citizens led the drive for the college; Whitson donated twelve acres for the institution. Construction began 16 May 1911. In Sept, 1912, high school and junior college classes began in a building where Derryberry Hall now stands. In 1915 the Dixie Board ceded its property to the State to endow the present University