Texas Heritage, Volume 2, Number 2, Spring 1985

Preservation News Around the State

BELTON HISTORICAL HOMES
TOUR
The eighth annual Belton Historical
Homes Tour will be the last weekend
in April and first weekend in May,
April 28-29 and May 4-5 from 1:00 to
5:00 p.m. each day.
Belton, county seat of Bell County, located
60 miles north of Austin, was
founded in 1850, with its major home
building beginning in 1867-1870 after
the Civil War. Many lovely homes of
the 1890 period are in use today, some
as homes and some as office buildings.
The Historical Homes Tour includes
the Westerfield Home, restored in
1984, from the two-story limestone
jail built as the second Bell County jail
in 1872. The Greek Revival BeamerJones
House was built in 1897 by William
Frank Beamer, owner of the Belton
Brick Yard which produced the offwhite
brick used in many Belton buildings,
and was six years in restoration.
The Curtis Mansion is an Edwardian
red brick home built in 1902-1904 by a
cotton buyer who made-and lost-a
fortune in a few short years. Termed
"a monument to King Cotton," the
house bears many indications of English
imports.
The turn-of-the-century BurfordKennedy
House is a typical Greek
Revival with a wrap porch and tall
columns. Original woodwork and a
sweeping staircase to the second floor
from the foyer are some of this home's
lovely features. The home has seen no
structural changes, and has the original
floors, woodwork, and windows.
Several other homes will be shown
during the Homes Tour as well as an
antique show-sale being held at the
Bell County Museum.
For information, contact:
(817) 939-5158, (817) 939-2169, or
(817) 939-2693.

Curtis Mansion, built 1902-1904 by cotton buyer William Miller. Photo courtesy of Belton Historical Homes Tour.

LIFE MEMBERS OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Employers Casualty Company, Dallas
Dallas Clearing House Association, Dallas
Republic National Life Insurance, Dallas
The Long Trusts, Kilgore
Blanton's Flowers, Inc., Houston
Jordan Equipment Co., Inc., Houston
Eagle Insulators, Inc., Houston
Ray B. Bailey Architects, Inc., Houston
First National Bank, Huntsville
Huntsville National Bank, Huntsville
Huntsville Savings & Loan Association, Huntsville

Hayes, Inc., Port Arthur
Jeff Munro Agency Insurance, Beaumont
Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Inc., Beaumont
Rogers Brothers Foundation, Beaumont
The Navasota Examiner, Navasota
Mrs. Ulmer Van Atta, Dallas
Mr. Thomas E. Bentley, Richardson
Dr. Edgar H. Boelsche, Ballinger
Mr. Dean Boyd, Navasota
Mr. Dolph Briscoe, Uvalde
Ms. Mary J. Bryan, Houston
Mr. Travis B. Bryan, Bryan
Mrs. Shirley Caldwell, Richardson
Mr. Bill W. Caudle, McAllen
Mr. Frank Corte, San Antonio
Mr. & Mrs. Earle M. Craig, Midland
Mr. Harry Edwards, Austin
Mr. & Mrs. W. B. Farrow, Dallas
Ms. Diane B. Fertitta, Houston
Ms. Bessie Fisher, Livingston
Ms. Jane W. Fountain, Austin
Mr. G. E. Fourticq, Liberty
Mr. G. B. Gambrell, Crosby
Mrs. Charles H. Griffith, Skidmore
Ms. Helen K. Groves, San Antonio
Mr. & Mrs. George Hamman, Houston
Mr. Jake L. Hamon, Dallas
Mr. P. J. Murphey Harmon, Houston
Mr. & Mrs. Don Harrington, Amarillo
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Harrison, Meridian
Mrs. Olive D. Hershey, Houston

Mrs. F. L. Hodges, Houston
Mrs. Gretchen S. Josey, Houston
Mr. Jack S. Josey, Houston
Mrs. Wilma Kanter, New Ulm
Mrs. Ray M. Keck, Laredo
Mrs. Catherine Knowles, Houston
Mrs. B. Koontz, Jefferson
Mrs. Wesley W. Kyle, Beaumont
Mrs. R. C. Liles, Weinert
Mrs. A. A. McAllen, Linn
Mrs. Clifton H. McCall, Houston
Mr. & Mrs. James H. McPhail, Austin
Mr. David M. Middleton, Wallisville
Mrs. Susan E. Middleton, Wallisville
Mr. John Middleton, Liberty
Mr. Fred H. Moore, Austin
Mrs. W. R. Morian, Houston
Mr. Lowell A. Murphy, Dallas
Mrs. W. B. Myers, Kendalie
Ms. Nancy Negley, San Antonio
Mrs. Peter O'Donnell, Dallas
Mr. M. S. Parr, Fort Worth
Mr. & Mrs. O. S. Petty, San Antonio
Mr. Lester W. Prokop, Houston
Mrs. Summerfield G. Roberts, Dallas
Mr. R. P. Rowles, Houston
Mrs. Adolph Rubach, Snook
Mrs. M. K. Russell, Clarksville
Mrs. Dorothy Savage, Dallas
Mr. John B. Shepperd, Odessa
Dr. D. J. Sibley, Austin
Ms. Beatrice Simms, Panhandle
Ms. Kathryn B. Simonds, Dallas
Judge W. St. John Garwood, Austin
Mr. Frank Sutherland, Arlington
Mrs. Murray Tarkington, Cuero
Mr. Ralph Thomas, Houston
Mr. Jeff Townsend, Austin
Mrs. Janey Vaughan, Uvalde
Mr. & Mrs. A. D. Weatherly, Amarillo
Mr. N. D. Williams, Beaumont
Mrs. Will E. Wilson, Beaumont

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Texas Historical Foundation. Texas Heritage, Volume 2, Number 2, Spring 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46809/. Accessed August 29, 2014.