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Located on Baylor University Campus in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Driving north on IH 35 toward Waco, take the 334B exit towards 8th Street. Turn right on South 8th Street, in 0.1 miles, turn left onto M. L. Daniel Esplanade. Go past South 7th Street and look for the next street. (Apparently it is unnamed, but it would be South 6th Street.) Turn right and continue for about 370 feet until Pat Neff Hall is on your right. The memorial for the Immortal Ten will be on the left facing away from the street and towards Vara Martin Daniel Plaza.
This memorial was created to commemorate the "Immortal Ten," the ten Baylor University students and basketball players who died in a bus/train accident that occurred on January 22, 1927 in Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas. Because of this tragedy, the state introduced legislation that required safer railroad-highway intersections.
Sculptor: Bruce Greene
Dedicated: June 22, 2007
Plaque on the reverse:
The Immortal Ten
"For They Are The We Of Us"
On January 22, 1927, the Baylor basketball team left Waco for a game in Austin against Texas. In Round Rock, with the bus only seconds from reaching a railroad crossing, the team's coach suddenly saw a train rapidly approaching from the west, where the view had been blocked by passenger cars on a siding. Despite the driver's efforts to avoid a collision, the engine struck the back half of the bus. Ten of the twenty-two passengers died that day as a result of the accident.
A memorial service for The Immortal Ten was held two days after the tragedy. Thus began a tradition of remembrance that continues today. After decades of observance, the story of The Immortal Ten binds generations of the Baylor family, affirming the abiding value of faith, community, and hope.
Baylor University is grateful to the scores of alumni and friends whose support provided ... to The Immortal Ten to ensure their memory will never fade.