Benton City School 1876

The abandoned Benton City Institute, near Lytle, Texas was considered an important part of the early education in the area. It was located in the Benton City, Texas and is the only remaining building left in town. The building was built in 1875 and was established in 1876. It was called the Benton City Normal Institute. The institution operated under the Texas Law that designated funds to supplement private tuition and was owned and operated by the educators. The school was originally run by John D. Morrison. BENTON CITY INSTITUTE Then in 1876, the top floor was bought and used by Atascosa Lodge 379, A.F & A.M. The classes were held on the lower floor and consisted of basic foundation courses, accounting, law, music, and surveying. At some point the school became fully tax supported. In 1878, the school became coeducational. During that time, it was owned and operated by Professor and Mrs. Bernard C. Hendrix of Kentucky. Eleven years later (1889) they renamed the school to Benton S

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