Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, May, 1993 Page: 94
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
On December 22, 1952, William Thomas and Myrl Marie (Rau) Youens
presented the city with a plat delineating two new blocks and three new streets, Burford
Street, South River Drive, and North River Drive, of an 8.25 acre tract adjacent to and
north of the city limits. The city annexed the area on December 29 as the Youens
Addition to the Town of Columbus, Texas. The addition contained 18 lots, eight of which
were south of South River Drive, arrayed along it and along Burford Street, and ten of
which were in the block north of South River Drive.
The original Youens Addition was expanded by additions in 1957, 1961, and
1964. Twelve lots west of Burford Street, most if not all of which were occupied, were
annexed by the city on February 25, 1957 (the first of these lots, an unnumbered tract
on North Street but not adjacent to Burford Street, had been purchased by Darrell David
Rau on July 13, 1948). The several lots and two streets north of North River Drive were
added in three sections, on April 8, 1957, February 27, 1961, and March 25, 1964.34
On May 24, 1965, the City Council of the City of Columbus approved the
plat of the Ward Addition, on the city's north side and adjacent to and west of the Youens
Addition. The addition had been laid out by Harry C. Henkhaus, Jr. and his wife, Marion.
It contained 14 lots to the west and north of its main street, North Oak Drive, which were
designated as Block 1, and three blocks defined by two short streets, Crestview Drive
and Colorado Drive. The northernmost of these three blocks, Block 2, contained seven
lots. To its south, Block 3 contained six lots and Block 4, five lots, one of which already
was occupied, by the home of Henry Adkin Ward. In addition, a convalescent home had
already been constructed on the otherwise unlabelled southernmost lot on Block 1. All
three of the streets in the addition came to dead ends near the western boundary of the
Youens Addition. The addition was annexed by the city on December 14, 1964.35
Reginald Taylor Subdivision
On May 28, 1962, Reginald Taylor presented a map of the Reginald Taylor
Subdivision to the City Council of the City of Columbus.36 The subdivision altered the
original division plan of Block 112 and created a new street, which was named Sunset
Drive. The area between Sunset Drive and the railroad right-of-way which extended
34 See Deed Book 138, pp. 34-35, Deed Book 168, pp. 574-583, Deed Book 197, pp. 419-421
and 479-484, Deed Book 220, pp. 343-351, and Deed Book 239, pp. 347-355, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas, and Minutes of the City Council of the City of Columbus Book 7, pp. 1605-1608,
Book 8, pp. 1895-1898, 1906-1909, Book 9, pp. 2107-2112, 2113-2116, and Book 10, 2253-2257,
Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas.
35 See Slide 34 of Plat Records, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, Minutes of
the City Council of Columbus Book 10, pp. 2288-2290, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus.
36 On May 14, 1962, the council had passed an ordinance changing the official name of the city
from "Town of Columbus" to "City of Columbus" (see Minutes of the City Council of the City of Columbus
Book 9, pp. 2165-2166, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas). Interestingly, the
community had made this same name change before. From its initial incorporation on February 8, 1854 until
August 15, 1870, the official name had been "Town of Columbus," thereafter until the corporation was
dissolved on August 7, 1906, it had been "City of Columbus" (see Gammel, The Laws of Texas 1822-1897,
volume 4, pp. 97-101, and volume 6, pp. 810-814).
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