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UER Forum > US: South > Curious about the history of a farmhouse in Central TX (Viewed 2462 times)
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Curious about the history of a farmhouse in Central TX
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A coworker of mine told me about a gorgeous farmhouse a little ways outside of Austin, so I obviously made the trip to check it out. Unfortunately its in a field directly on a major highway, so getting inside seemed impossible and I didn't want to risk it in broad daylight. I was thinking of calling the realtor (for sale signs are almost as prevalent as the No Trespassing signs on this property) and asking to just be shown the property, because this house seems worth it. But I was wondering if any of y'all had any history on the property, because I love to know the history of houses - especially when they're this unique and beautiful.



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Re: Curious about the history of a farmhouse in Central TX
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That's really for you to dig up. I wouldn't call this a mainstream site... maybe someone in TX UER knows, Google the image?
If it's for sale I would have considered walking straight up to it, potential buyer.

Real Estate agents tend to be less than helpful if all you want to do is take pictures... potential buyer.




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Re: Curious about the history of a farmhouse in Central TX
< Reply # 2 on 5/16/2016 12:57 PM >
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A couple of suggestions:

1. Don't ask stupid questions like, "Does anyone know how I can get into this place?". Finding locations on your own and figuring out a way into them IS this hobby. If you're only willing to do half the work people here aren't going to help you.

With that being said, you seem like a nice kid so here's a few options.

2. No idea what highway this is off but most of them that I'm familiar with around Austin have emergency lanes. Pull off and just go. Hell, park in the driveway. Sometimes the "Nobody would be THAT obvious" approach works. Also if you do get caught it looks better. I've always felt that hiding and sneaking make you look more guilty.

3. If you are interested in the history of the property, go online and look up the address in the county records. Some of them in central Texas date back to the old Spanish land grant days. Ask the neighbors. They probably know the owner and may be looking out for the property him. If so they may even let you go over. Additionally, most country people know their neighbors personally. They probably have his contact info and you can call and ask permission.

4. As mentioned call the real estate agent. Odds are slim on this one as I'm about 99 and 1 on them not letting me in but all they can say is no. You seem pretty young so unless you are REALLY good at social engineering posing as a potential buyer isn't going to work. Not only that it's a shitty thing to do in my opinion. You're wasting their time and potentially taking money out of their pocket.

If you want in there's always a way. It may not be easy but just about no abandonment is completely impregnable. It's all about risk vs reward and what consequences you're willing to endure. For this place, it's probably a class B misdemeanor at worst. A few hundred bucks and a couple of hours in county and you're done. I say fuck it and just go for it but that's me.

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Well if the road warrior Peptic doesn't know... looks like you'll need to find out the hard way...
I mean by research not by getting busted
Although getting arrested for trespass is a sure fire way to learn who the owner is




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I didn't ask where it was located or how to get in. I already located it & have at least three ideas on how to get inside. I just didn't execute any the day I found the location because I wanted more time to think about it and plan. I stated I didn't get inside so no one asked for interior pictures / asked if I got in.

I already tried looking up the address, but there isn't one to be found. Google Maps is my best friend, but it lists this and the next two miles as the address of a Wal-Mart that is a mile south, for some odd reason. And the mailbox is rusty and old and has no legible address.

I'm not really concerned with getting in, I was asking for the history. I wouldn't have posted if I didn't already try digging through the web for it. I've been on this site for like, a year and a half? As a lurker. I'm trying to be more active, and I wouldn't do that by posting shit I could easily Google myself, haha. I've seen people ask for the history on places they found themselves, but I guess that's also a taboo thing? If it is, my apologies.




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First of all drop the attitude. You said in your original post that getting inside was impossible. I offered you some advice based on my own experience on not only how to get inside but also what you can do, who you can talk to and where to look for the history. If you're going to act like a douche to people who are trying to help you then I suggest you go back to lurking and shut the fuck up.




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I don't have an attitude & I didn't intend for my reply to come off that way. I didn't realize you focused in & responded to just that part of my post. My only intention of this post was the history aspect, I included a little background instead of just posting "what's the history of this place." Cause that seemed like a sketchy thing to post, like I just found this image on Google and wanted to inadvertantly find the location through the history or something like that.

Like I said, if asking for the history of a location is taboo (like asking for a location), I apologize. I didn't realize it, because I've seen it asked (& answered) before. I don't mean any ill intentions or harm. I just wanted to finally try to be active on this site since I'm on it so much & thoroughly enjoy it. Just like y'all, this is my biggest hobby & it's nice to have friends or just other people around who understand and want to talk about it.




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I didn't ask where it was located or how to get in. I already located it & have at least three ideas on how to get inside. I just didn't execute any the day I found the location because I wanted more time to think about it and plan. I stated I didn't get inside so no one asked for interior pictures / asked if I got in.

I already tried looking up the address, but there isn't one to be found. Google Maps is my best friend, but it lists this and the next two miles as the address of a Wal-Mart that is a mile south, for some odd reason. And the mailbox is rusty and old and has no legible address.

I'm not really concerned with getting in, I was asking for the history. I wouldn't have posted if I didn't already try digging through the web for it. I've been on this site for like, a year and a half? As a lurker. I'm trying to be more active, and I wouldn't do that by posting shit I could easily Google myself, haha. I've seen people ask for the history on places they found themselves, but I guess that's also a taboo thing? If it is, my apologies.


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Yes, well... Peptic is a bit cranky but really the ball is in your court. You need to ferret out the owner, previous owner/residents, or talk to neighbors.
Picking our brains for abstract facts tends to produce less than optimum results. Worse this isn't a mainstream site (am I repeating myself?). Why should we know any more than you?
Post or PM a member the address (ask the mailman) and what info you have for any more help than this.
Sometimes you wait decades to learn something...

There are plenty of spots to explore. Move on the next one if this one isn't working for you. Best to find and explore them without our help and then share the story and some images here.
Exploring is largely self taught; you learn by doing. You can read how others solve problems here and the type of dangers to be aware of. Posting trash threads especially at first won't win you any wuv here. Insightful interactions and questions on existing threads is another way to help establish yourself here.




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I didn't ask where it was located or how to get in. I already located it & have at least three ideas on how to get inside. I just didn't execute any the day I found the location because I wanted more time to think about it and plan. I stated I didn't get inside so no one asked for interior pictures / asked if I got in.

I already tried looking up the address, but there isn't one to be found. Google Maps is my best friend, but it lists this and the next two miles as the address of a Wal-Mart that is a mile south, for some odd reason. And the mailbox is rusty and old and has no legible address.

I'm not really concerned with getting in, I was asking for the history. I wouldn't have posted if I didn't already try digging through the web for it. I've been on this site for like, a year and a half? As a lurker. I'm trying to be more active, and I wouldn't do that by posting shit I could easily Google myself, haha. I've seen people ask for the history on places they found themselves, but I guess that's also a taboo thing? If it is, my apologies.



I'm lurking outside of my region again...so curious to see what everyone is exploring. Anyway, my advice would be to never shut the fuck up and become part of the community. That's the point of this site. Ask anything you want. Perhaps someone from your area will see it and know something about it ( which was the point of your post I assume). It seems most random houses are a bit hard to get information on . Spending time at a library or archive in the region might help. Actually going in ( if possible) would be better. Pep ( he means well I think but he can be kind of a dick about it ) and Blackhawk also provided excellent suggestions. Best of luck !




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I'm lurking outside of my region again...so curious to see what everyone is exploring. Anyway, my advice would be to never shut the fuck up and become part of the community. That's the point of this site. Ask anything you want. Perhaps someone from your area will see it and know something about it ( which was the point of your post I assume). It seems most random houses are a bit hard to get information on . Spending time at a library or archive in the region might help. Actually going in ( if possible) would be better. Pep ( he means well I think but he can be kind of a dick about it ) and Blackhawk also provided excellent suggestions. Best of luck !


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search your county tax record, (the county this property is in)

most CADs have a database now but you'll need to know the name of the road at the minimum if you don't have an address just get the address of the property next door

it will tell you the name of the last owner, sometimes previous owners, what the appraised value and estimated taxes are, so simple even a realtor could do it





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search your county tax record, (the county this property is in)

most CADs have a database now but you'll need to know the name of the road at the minimum if you don't have an address just get the address of the property next door

it will tell you the name of the last owner, sometimes previous owners, what the appraised value and estimated taxes are, so simple even a realtor could do it




Google can pull up similar info too for whole neighborhoods.
Now if it was the Barn of Doom I could understand the need to know




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A quick Google image search for "austin tx abandoned farmhouse" revealed an image of your gorgeous farm house:



On the view more, there's a Pinterest image that says:

"Old farmhouse with bluebonnets north of Marble Falls in Burnet County on US281"

A quick search for "bluebonnet house on u.s. 281 texas" reveals quite a bit.

Seems to be a popular destination for bluebonnets and is dubbed "Bluebonnet House"

Some history:
http://www.preserv...gered/marblefalls/
http://texashillco...-bluebonnet-house/


With the help of the current owner, Gladys Atkinson, her family and many others, we hope to uncover the story of the “Bluebonnet House”.


This Facebook post also has a lot of interesting information, read the comments:

https://www.facebo.../10155518035780191



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A quick Google image search for "austin tx abandoned farmhouse" revealed an image of your gorgeous farm house:

http://www.hillcou...y/Farm%20House.JPG

On the view more, there's a Pinterest image that says:

"Old farmhouse with bluebonnets north of Marble Falls in Burnet County on US281"

A quick search for "bluebonnet house on u.s. 281 texas" reveals quite a bit.

Seems to be a popular destination for bluebonnets and is dubbed "Bluebonnet House"

Some history:
http://www.preserv...gered/marblefalls/
http://texashillco...-bluebonnet-house/




This Facebook post also has a lot of interesting information, read the comments:

https://www.facebo.../10155518035780191



well done

like a true explorer sir!




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well done

like a true explorer sir!


Their first post too




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Their first post too


Wait 'til you see his second post. It is impressive work too (in spite of it being a location we all have seen a lot of).




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Thank you, I'm glad you all enjoy the work. I've been lurking here for a while, just waiting until I have something of value to post. I plan on doing a lot more this year as I'm back on two wheels and ready to hit the trails to find the best hidden treasures.

I have 10 boxes of unused B&W iso 100 that has been sitting for a while. Contemplating busting out the ol Nikon N2000 and taking some photos of what I find.




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