Kaufman County Farm Among Texas’ Most Endangered Sites
AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - A Kaufman County farm created to care for poor residents in the 1880s has made the Preservation Texas annual list of the state’s most endangered historic places.
The nonprofit group announced the sites during a preservation meeting being held through Friday in Austin.
The Kaufman County Poor Farm, in Kaufman, was built after the state directed the responsibility for the care of its poor residents to the counties in 1869. Thus, a ‘poor farm’ was established in 1883 in Kaufman, where residents could live and work to support themselves. Originally more than 408 acres, some 27 acres of the Kaufman County Poor Farm remain.
Another historic place on the list includes a moveable jail cell that was part of the incarceration unit that served as the Hays County Jail in Kyle. The cell remained in use until 1925.
Other sites are the Lewis Railroad Hotel in San Augustine, the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, the Panhandle Inn in Panhandle, the William Pfluger House in Pflugerville and the Ritz Theatre in Corpus Christi.
The list also includes the Spettel Riverside House in Lakehills and Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jefferson.
Preservation Texas Inc. is a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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