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Near Santa Anna in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Rock House

 
 
Old Rock House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 22, 2015
1. Old Rock House Marker
Inscription. This site was claimed in 1857 under a Republic of Texas land certificate held by former State representative Darwin Stapp of Victoria County. In 1869 he sold the tract to another absentee owner. By tradition, this house was built in the 1870s by John J. Brestow, a squatter who came to this area for his health. The one-room cabin was constructed of stone from the nearby Santa Anna Mountains. Later owners, including Mrs. Sarah Himmins, rented the property to tenant farmers. Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Bruce, who purchased the land in 1947, restored the rock house and maintain it now as a museum.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1975

 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3796.)
 
Location. 31° 45.156′ N, 99° 20.797′ W. Marker is near Santa Anna, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker is on U.S. 84 0.4 miles south of County Road 108, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Anna TX 76878, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Turner House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Santa Anna Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Santa Anna, C.S.A.
Old Rock House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
2. Old Rock House
(approx. 1.5 miles away); First Christian Church of Santa Anna (approx. 1.7 miles away); Stonemason T.T. Perry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Thomas T. Perry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Santa Anna Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Emma Daugherty Banister (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Anna.
 
More about this marker. The marker and rock house are on private property, but they are visible from the highway shoulder.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
View to Southeast from US 84 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
3. View to Southeast from US 84
Marker and rock house are on the left (northeast) side of the highway
Old Rock House Property image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 28, 2016
4. Old Rock House Property
Westernmost peak of Santa Anna Mountains in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on December 14, 2016.
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