The State Of Texas has some great, historic towns, but when I see some that once thrived but are no longer doing so, it breaks my heart, and it also makes me curious. I think about all the pioneers that settled there, and why they chose to do so. I also think about what it took to make the town grow, as well as what caused that to change. Why did business stop thriving, or close, which forces some of the residents to move where jobs are a lot more plentiful. I also think about all the great old buildings in those towns that are now sitting empty and the possibilities for re-purposing some of them into economical housing for retirees, who no longer need income to survive.
The Baker Hotel, in Colorado City, Texas could probably be purchased at a good price and restored into a nice seniors condominium project that could include a restaurant, and gathering place on the first floor for it’s active residents and tourists. Would Colorado City’s current leaders be open to that sort possibility, and offer incentives that would attract visionaries and investors? Would those leaders be open to new ideas for their towns that would turn things around? If so, we would like to help.
If it’s built will people come? I look at thriving Texas retirement towns like; Granbury, or Fredericksburg and notice they have a lot of things going on that draw retirees and tourist there, such as all the wineries on 290, and all the great shops in downtown Fredericksburg, which didn’t happen by chance. It look leaders with long range vision and the ability to attract businesses and investors to that great town, who were willing to help develop the vision. Granbury has a lake that runs through town and a charming downtown with lots of shops and dining options available. My family first bought a lake house in Granbury in 1970 and we have seen the tremendous growth over the decades. There are also multiple golf courses in Granbury, which make it very attractive to retirees who are looking to relocate. Spur Texas leaders are taking steps to help turn their town around by rolling out the red carpet for Tiny Home dwellers, and the more folks move there for that purpose the more it will attract new business opportunities. The growth in Spur won’t happen over night, but I believe the tiny homes welcome mat is a big step in the right direction.
This is the first post about old Texas towns that once thrived, but have a lot potential turn around possibilities. Part of our vision with Texas Tiny Homes is to create residential communities for retirees in towns that have a lot to offer. Restoring an old hotel in a town like Colorado City is definitely something we would consider and be interested in helping create a new vision. Working with city leaders to create a new vision for their towns is also something we are interested in doing.
The History of Colorado City, Texas, the county seat of Mitchell County, is on the Colorado River, Lone Wolf Creek, U.S. Highway 20/80, State highways 208 and 163, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, thirty-eight miles east of Big Spring and twenty-three miles south of Snyder in the north central part of the county. It has been called the “Mother City of West Texas” for its early origin as a ranger camp in 1877 and for its prominence as a cattlemen’s center. In 1881 the town was chosen county seat and acquired a station on the new Texas and Pacific Railway. Local ranchers hauled in tons of buffalo bones for shipment to the East and loaded their empty wagons with provisions purchased from pioneer merchant William H. “Uncle Pete” Snyderqvand others. When the town was granted a post office in 1881 Prince A. Hazzard became the first postmaster. Water was hauled to town from Seven Wells and elsewhere and sold at fifty cents a barrel. The first school, conducted in a dugout in 1881, was moved to a building the next year, and soon a new building was built.By that time the town had between 200 and 300 residents and was a cattle-shipping center. Ranchers drove their cattle to Colorado City from as far north as Amarillo, from as far south as San Angelo, and from eastern New Mexico. Great herds were held until rail cars were available. After shipment, cowboys were free to enjoy the town’s amenities. Between 1881 and 1884 its five saloons multiplied to twenty-eight, and other businesses showed the same growth. The population was estimated as high as 6,000 in 1884–85. The boom slowed after the 1885–86 drought, however, and the 1890 population was 2,500.In May 1881 W. P. Patterson, a prominent rancher, was shot down by Texas Rangersqv. Citizens blamed the shooting on the rangers’ feud with cattlemen, and the ranger camp was moved from town to Hackberry Springs, twenty miles southwest. When Amarillo developed with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in 1887 and when the Santa Fe Railroad reached San Angelo a year later, business in Colorado City declined sharply. During the 1890s salt mining was important to the local economy, but salt declined in importance after 1900.A second boom between 1900 and 1906 followed the influx of farmers. The population of Colorado City was 3,000 in 1906. By 1910 the town had a new public school, a waterworks, and an electric plant. In 1914 the population was estimated at 1,500, and the town had two banks and a newspaper, the Colorado City Record. Though the drought of 1916–18 adversely affected local farmers, interest in oil increased. In 1916 the Consolidated Oil and Gas Company of Colorado was organized by local bankers, businessmen, and merchants to develop the area’s oil and gas resources, and by 1920 oil production was a part of the local economy. The Col-Tex Refinery began operation in 1924. By 1926 a city hall had been built, the streets were paved, and a new sewage system was in operation.In 1931 Colorado City had an estimated population of 4,761 and 200 businesses. By 1940 the population had increased to 5,213, but by 1945 the number of reported businesses had declined to 120. In the late 1940s increased oil activity in Mitchell, Scurry, Coke, and Borden counties caused some growth, and by 1949 the number of businesses in Colorado City had increased to 176. During the mid-1950s a drought, the longest on record, affected the area’s agricultural production, particularly of cotton. In 1955 the population was 6,774. Lake Colorado City, five miles southwest, was built in the late 1940s, and Champion Creek Reservoir, six miles south, was built in 1959. The population was estimated at 6,400 in 1965. The Col-Tex Refinery closed in 1969, but in the early 1970s new industries were established, including a meat-packing operation and a mobile-home plant. Colorado City had 5,300 residents and 126 businesses in 1975. In 1990 it had a population of 4,749, a hospital, and 104 businesses. Local attractions include the Colorado City Historical Museum, the Colorado City Playhouse, and an annual rodeo. In 2000 the population was 4,281, and the community contained 234 businesses.
Population in 2014: 4,133 (87% urban, 13% rural). Population change since 2000: -3.5%
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Colorado-City-Texas.html#ixzz4wDz90hW3
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We have purchased 4 wooded lots so far in Granbury, Texas and the pictures above show 3 of those lots, which backup to a giant ranch. There are only a couple of homes on this street and most of the lots are covered with trees, so these lots provide a pretty secluded, tranquil setting.
Our first model will be Plan 607B or Plan 630 (which are both available in our online store). The small rustic luxury models will be built on one of these three lots, and will have a secluded feel about it, sort of like a cabin in the woods.
Our goal is to offer new site-built, luxury homes in this Granbury community starting at $99K, but until we get the model built that price is tentative. If you would be interested, please let us know by clicking on the “contact” tab in the menu and sending us an email and mention the Granbury community.
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Charm you’ll love with modern conveniences—a natural environment that surrounds you, allowing you to free your mind. Mountain Springs is ideal for a family vacation, romantic getaway, a group event, or even a meditative solo retreat. With 13 fully equipped cabins, 5 pet friendly, on 50 beautiful acres, it’s every bit of breathtaking. Streamside location, aged knotty pine walls, heirloom antiques, and beautiful hand-crafted quilts sets the cozy mood for our delightful. Duck Tavern cabin and modern, fully appointed kitchen and bath, widescreen TV with DVD with expanded cable and free Wi-Fi. Duck Tavern boasts an open floor plan with a loft that features both a Queen size bed and a Twin size Daybed with an additional Twin trundle bed for when you are vacationing with many or a first floor King size bed for a comfortable getaway for two Come and relax on the porch and enjoy the cooling experience of our rushing stream while you grill your favorite food, or snuggle by the fire indoors for a movie night. Whatever your needs, Duck Tavern will ensure that your stay will be a delight. Source: The Duck Tavern – Mountain Springs Cabins
Everyone has a different image in their mind’s eye when it comes to the most romantic hideaway on the planet, and an exotic escape to a secluded spot where the climate is warm, the sea tepid and spa treatments are ever beckoning is likely to satiate most dreams and desires.
Club Med Kani in the Maldives is an unspoilt paradise and as the lowest lying nation in the world the Maldives unfortunately won’t be around forever. The island paradise is predicted to disappear under water within the next 100 years.
Club Med Kani exudes tranquillity and is the ultimate tropical escape in an exquisite location. Guests are treated to a choice of suites, villas or luxurious overwater bungalows fringing the far end of the island and fanning out across the lagoon.
Relax in the 5-trident space reserved exclusively for Overwater Lagoon Suite guests – free-flow champagne from 6-8pm daily, overwater lounge to relax and priority check-in area.
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