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According to the local newspaper, the addition was Columbus' "first
restricted residential addition." The developer prohibited livestock, places of public
amusement, and commercial enterprises, and declared that no home under the value of
$3500 could be constructed in the addition.26
In 1946, American Legion Post 383 created the Legion Addition, fourteen
lots on the western edge of Columbus which were to be sold "as home sites to persons
desiring to purchase same, and especially to Veterans of World War II, at reasonable
prices" and some adjoining acreage. The county accepted the plat of the addition on
June 1, 1946. It was annexed by the city on December 28, 1953. The addition
contained one new street, unnamed when laid out, but now known as Legion Circle. Lots
1 and 8 were adjacent to Montezuma Street.27
On March 10, 1947, the Town of Columbus bought 77.26 acres west of the
city from Frank M. and Ruby Tolbirt. The deed specified that the land was to be used
"for one or more of the following public charitable purposes, to-wit: (a) Swimming Pool,
(b) Baseball, Softball and Football fields. (c) Golf Course, (d) Livestock Shows for the
public, (e) Stable and Bridle Path, (f) Tennis Courts, and (g) Any other similar recreational
or educational purposes, the accomplishment of which is beneficial to the community,
with preference given to those specifically mentioned above."
At the time of the purchase, the city already owned a single block in the north
part of town, Block P, that it intended to develop into a park. The block had been
purchased by the Chamber of Commerce of the Town of Columbus, Texas for $2000
from Jacob and Anna Elizabeth Mattern on June 3, 1944, and presented to the city by
the chamber on October 9, 1944. After the purchase of the 77.26 acre tract west of
town, the Matterns asked to buy the block back for the same amount they had been paid.
The town commission submitted the matter to a vote, and on January 31, 1948, by vote
of 101 to 38, the sale was approved. A month later, on March 4, 1948, the city sold
the block back to the Matterns.28
E. E. Irwin Addition
On September 21, 1951, Enoch Edward Irwin filed the plat of the E. E. Irwin
Addition to the Town of Columbus at the Colorado County courthouse. Irwin had
purchased the land for the addition from Ellis G. Miller on August 30, 1950.
Supplementary deeds on January 12, 1951 and January 19, 1951 augmented and
further defined the sale. The city formally accepted the addition on February 26, 1952,
and the county approved it on March 31, 1952. On December 14, 1953, the city agreed
to reimburse Irwin for the costs of water, sewer, and street improvements in his addition.
26 See Deed Book 121, pp. 608-611, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, Minutes
of the City Council of the City of Columbus Book 4, pp. 1000-1001, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library,
Columbus, and The Colorado County Citizen, July 27, 1944.
27 See Deed Book 130, pp. 299-301, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, and
Minutes of the City Council of the City of Columbus Book 7, pp. 1692-1697, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial
Library, Columbus, Texas.
28 See Deed Book 122, pp. 496-497 Deed Book 133, pp. 92-94, Deed Book 136, pp. 174-176,
Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, and Minutes of the City Council of Columbus Book 5, pp.
1200-1204, 1208, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus.
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