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San Saba in San Saba County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Estep-Burleson Building

 
 
Estep-Burleson Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
1. Estep-Burleson Building Marker
Inscription.  

Elijah Estep (1828-1901), San Saba County's second tax assessor-collector, was born in Sangamon County, Illinois. He married Abigail Montgomery (1826-1868) and the couple was living in the community of Cherokee when San Saba County was founded. When Abigail died Elijah was left to care for 11 children, ages one to 19. Elijah married Jane (Burden) Williams in 1869, the daughter of Nathaniel (1798-1870) and Sarah Burden.

In the early 1870s, Estep built this two-story building facing the courthouse out of locally quarried, rough-cut hard limestone. Each floor is a single 20 x 16 foot room with hewn beam ceiling joists and pine floor planking, a newer 10-foot square room attaches to the west end much later, the structure was mistakenly called "The Burden Hotel", attributed to Nathaniel Burden from 1857, but records reveal that his property was on the north side of the square and that he died in 1870, the year before his son-in law bought this lot for $75. The building became a residence and Estep operated a mercantile store on the east end of the same lot.

The Estep family owned it until Sep. 1890, when prominent Central Texas
Estep-Burleson Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
2. Estep-Burleson Building and Marker
Attorney Leigh Burleson bought the property for his law office. Later, E. E. Risien and his heirs owned the property for more than 50 years. The building was occasionally an annex to other businesses but often remained vacant. It even faced deconstruction in the 1990s before local students helped persuade the William Fritz family (Fredericksburg) to donate the property to the community. The building was restored to its earliest known appearance from a 1911 photograph, including a gabled wooden front porch and exterior stairs. This symbol of San Saba's frontier period also reminds us of the value of history fashioned from wood and stone.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2013
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17736.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 31° 11.721′ N, 98° 43.069′ W. Marker is in San Saba, Texas, in San Saba County. Marker is on South Cherokee Street 0.1 miles south of West Wallace Road (U.S. 190), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Saba TX 76877, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas Rangers and the San Saba Mob (within shouting distance of this marker); San Saba County Courthouse
The view of the Estep-Burleson Building from the street. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 4, 2020
3. The view of the Estep-Burleson Building from the street.
(within shouting distance of this marker); San Saba County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mill Pond House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alma Ward Hamrick (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sion Record Bostick (approx. half a mile away); San Saba Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Louis & Eleanor Austin Baker (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Saba.
 
Also see . . .  San Saba County. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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