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Zedler's Mills
Luling, Texas

Highway 80 just South of Luling

Photos Courtesy Justin Parson, Sarah Reveley, and Chia-Wei Wang

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Luling Texas Zedler's Mills and spiilway

After nearly four decades, Zedler's Mills is revealed from Nature's green cloak.
Photo Courtesy Sarah Reveley, March 2006

Historical Marker Text

Zedler's Mills

John and James Merriwether and Leonidas Hardeman in 1874 built gristmill and sawmill at this site, with stone dam across the San Marcos. Bob Innes, John Orchard, J. K. Walker, and Fritz Zedler, as Luling Water Power Co., bought mills (1884), adding cotton gin. A milling veteran, Zedler in 1888 bought all stock and made eldest son partner. The gin, soon burned, was rebuilt. Units were added. Sons Herman and Charles joined firm. In 1890 and later, the Zedlers furnished water to city; 1894 and later, city power. In time various mill units closed; operations ceased about 1960.
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Luling Texas Zedler's Mills historical marker

Zedler's Mills historical marker
TE Photo

Photographers' Note

Subject: the Zedler saw mill in Luling

I saw a mention of this on your Luling page, and with the phrase "of course you wouldn't have wanted to go inside... abandonded since 1960" How could I pass it up. :) It is a really cool mill - three or four large "mill" buildings and three barns in the back - quite a large site. I think they rent tubes there in the summer for floating on the river. I was there on the 13th when it was raining real bad, so there wasn't anyone around. I wandered around taking pictures for a couple of hours before I was too cold and wet to stay around. I didn't go inside, the buildings were locked up too well, there was enough to photograph from the outside. Attached are a couple of my favorites from that day. Have a great day! - Justin Parson, www.whatimagination.com, January 22, 2007

Subject: Luling update - Zedler's Mills restoration
Photos taken in March 2006 on 80 just south of Luling. - Sarah Reveley, October 28, 2007

Subject: Zedler's Mills
We found an abandonded saw mill outside of
Luling it was great, ... it was along side the [San Marcos ] River you can walk right up to it, of course you wouldn't have wanted to go inside, the historical marker said it had been abandonded since 1960... - Rodney Stegall, November 08, 2005

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills dam

The dam at Zedler's Mills in March 2006
Photo Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills

The "business end" of the mill.
Photo Coutesy Sarah Reveley, March 2006

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills retaining walls

The cycle begins again:
A sprout appears on the flood-control retaining walls.

Photo Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills retaining alls and San Marcos  River view

Looking away from the mill at the site of "Texas' biggest picnic."
See "The Bathhouse that Wouldn't Die."

Photo Courtesy Sarah Reveley, March 2006

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills buildings

Riverside Geometry
Photo Courtesy Justin Parson January '07

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills buildings panaramic view

Panoramic view showing the numerous additions.
Photo Courtesy Justin Parson, January '07

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills  largest building

The largest building on the site in January '07
Photo Courtesy Justin Parson

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills machinery at mill runn

Original machinery at the mill run.
TE Photo August 2006

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills Model T power engin

An adapted Model T chassis provided power - perhaps for the mill's lighting. 55 Gallon drum (left) acted as an over-sized radiator.
TE Photo August 2006

Root around old brick wall, Luling Texas Zedler's Mills

The root system of a long-dead tree embraces an old brick wall.
Photo Courtesy Chia-Wei Wang, August 2006

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills, steps leading to San Marcos River

Steps leading down to the San Marcos River - or up to the Mill
Photo Courtesy Chia-Wei Wang, August 2006

Zedlers mills before restoration

The mill in 2004, before installation of the steps
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, September 2004

Luling Texas Zedler's Mills, san Marcos River swimming hole

Designated swimming hole on the San Marcos River
TE Photo August 2006

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