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  • Unearthing the story of Dugout Homes by Murray Montgomery 7-24-23
  • Vereins Kirche
  • Vereins Kirche: The Symbol of Fredericksburg by Michael Barr 8-1-20
  • Basse Block by Michael Barr
    Anyone who has walked Fredericksburg's historic district has noticed a number of homes and commercial buildings constructed of an unusual building material that looks like cut stone but is really a prefabricated concrete block known as Basse block.
  • Bear Mountain
  • Bear Mountain by Michael Barr
    Bear Mountain granite quarries
  • Sebastopol
  • Sebastopol House by Mike Cox
    Limecrete was an early form of cast-in-place concrete made of just the right mixture of lime, water and gravel. Doctor and chemist John Park, who settled in Sequin in 1846, developed and patented the process... While some 80 percent of the unique houses are gone now, one striking example remains: Sebastopol.
  • Celebrating the Vereins Kirche by Michael Barr 7-15-20
  • Never shake hands with a stucco man by Delbert Trew
    If you have ever wondered why so many old houses are still standing, it’s probably because the sides are coated with a concrete process called stucco.
  • Dog Trot Houses by Bob Bowman
    Dog trot houses were built and occupied by East Texas’ earliest settlers. Many of them migrated here in the early 1800s from the Old South and brought southern customs, including the way buildings were constructed with them.
  • Storm Cellars by Bob Bowman
    In the midst of a recent tornado outbreak, an oldtimer called and asked if I remembered storm cellars...
  • New rock wall piece of history by Delbert Trew
    Recently I built a dry-stacked rock wall in Bull Canyon. By dry-stack I mean building a rock wall using no mortar between the rocks. I learned the method while visiting in Nashville, Tenn., years ago where miles of such rock walls still stand after being built by slaves in the early 1800s.
  • Shotgun shacks cheap, practical by Delbert Trew
    A memory or two involving the famous "long skinny houses" that graced the West on both farms and ranches and later on during the many oil booms and busts.
  • Book spurs memories of ol' saddle houses by Delbert Trew
    Recently while reading an old Western paperback, a chapter described an old Western saddle house. This certainly brought back a lot of pleasant memories for me as I recalled each of our saddle houses down through the years...
  • A Tour of Dog-Trots by Bob Bowman
    If you’re a fan of dog-trot houses--and know what they are--here is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. The SFA Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University will host a tour of two historic Shelby County dog-trot homes...
  • Steel House by Byrone Brown
    Sculptor and architect Robert Bruno has bequeathed to us his Steel House, sometimes referred to as “The Metal Mansion”, just outside of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon.
  • Saloon doors knew how to swing by Delbert Trew
    If every invention worked, looked and satisfied its purpose as well as the swinging saloon door the world would be a much better place to live. Don't laugh until you read further...
  • Indianola Remnants by Mike Cox
    Indianola, once the “Queen City of the West,” recovered from a killer hurricane in 1875 but it did not survive a second devastating storm in 1886... If you want to see some of Indianola’s stately Victorian houses, just go to Victoria or Cuero...
  • Cementville and the Abandoned Quarries
  • Rock Fences by Mike Cox
    "While rock fences also are known as “German fences,” research by University of Texas graduate Laura Knott, a landscape architect specializing in historic preservation revealed that dry-laid fences did not originate in Germany. Rather, the style used in Texas and elsewhere in the South seems to have been modeled after rock fences common to Great Britain."
  • To Build a House II by C. F. Eckhardt
    Adobe Houses
    "...Indians did not build in adobe. Adobe was brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Adobe is mud brick, made with mud and straw-the same bricks the Hebrews in Egypt were told to make without straw. Finding the right kind of dirt to make adobe from was sometimes tricky..."
  • To Build a House by C. F. Eckhardt
    Texas Log Cabins and Log Houses
    The first house a man might build, at least in East and Central Texas, was a log cabin. Log cabins, by the way, looked nothing like the log houses usually called 'log cabins' today. The most common size was 12" x 14", usually the logs were not dressed...
  • Dog-Trot Houses by Clay Coppedge
    Driving west on State Highway 36 toward Gatesville, just past Flat, if you look at just the right time at the right place you can see an old dog-trot house sitting about 100 yards off the road...
  • Victorian Secrets
    Victorian Architecture: Painted Ladies, Gingerbread and Carpenter Gothic in Texas.
  • The Quito Quarry
    Santa Rosa sandstone east of Barstow
  • Lost Buildings of the "Macaroni" Railroad in Inez, Texas
    Photos and text by Sara Duncan
    Railroad laborers' cabins
  • Austin's Moonlight Towers by Johnny Stucco
    Officially recognized as state archeological landmarks
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Quarry Quandary
    Texas’ Untoward Underground
    by Brewster Hudspeth
  • Buildings inside Buildings by John Troesser
    Little Church in the Warehouse (Fort Worth)
    The Siddon-Barnes Log Cabin, Chico, Texas
    History in the Hotel Lobby, Austin, Texas
  • Limestone Fence Posts by Brewster Hudspeth
    Ten Things You Need to Know About Limestone Fence Posts
  • Juan's Cabin by Bob Bowman
    The still-standing log cabin of Juan Antonio Badillo, one of a handful of Tejanos who died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836
  • The Church Lights by Bob Bowman
    When the church decided to phase out the old kerosene lights for safety reasons, Clark went to Jefferson Lighting Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and told them what he wanted. The reproduction fixtures were custom-made for the church down to the ornate decorations and adapted to electricity.
  • Revisiting Outhouses by Bob Bowman
    The only existing East Texas outhouse ever built by the Work Projects Administration
  • Saving Sallie's Home by Bob Bowman
    The proud old house looked as if it might fall down. Turkey vultures perched on its roof like sinister messengers of doom.
  • The Millard Sorghum Silo of Nacogdoches by Robert Rand Russell
    That old red brick silo, sound and plumb as it was in 1915 due to the Old World craftsmanship of John "Dutch" Heaberlin and the enterprising Jesse Millard, Sr., prevails as a witness of East Texas history and prosperity... Another landmark casting a shadow. Now this one also shines with a story...
  • Outhouses by Bob Bowman
    The old-fashioned outhouse, which served thousands of rural East Texans before indoor bathrooms became affordable, has again become fashionable, but not as a working privy. It is showing up in historical displays, as art and in advertisements.
  • The Corn Crib by Bob Bowman
  • Another Megargel Landmark: the Megargel High School Gym by Jamo C. Powell, Colonel (Ret.) US Army
  • The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas by John Troesser
  • Temple to the Brave, Beaumont, Texas by John Troesser
  • The Top Ten Facts About The Construction of The San Jacinto Monument
  • The Starr Family Mansion by Archie McDonald
  • The Muldoon Quarry - A Sedimental Journey
  • The Castle Builder by Bob Bowman
  • Masons: Building Temples in East Texas by Archie McDonald
  • Yoakum's Library
  • Dr. Aureliano Urrutia's Gates by Walt Lockley

  • Poems
  • Tin Roofs by David Knape

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