Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Favorite Saloon Building (1874)
709 Water Street
This was perhaps an early design by Alfred Giles, Architect. Constructed by F.J. Hamer beginning in 1874 and purchased in 1876 by William Heuermann, he opened a saloon and grocery.
Later known as The Favorite Saloon, it was then operated by M.F. Weston and Ernest Schwethelm. Trail hands that drove cattle through Kerrville up the Great Western Cattle Trail frequented The Favorite. Behind the building was a camp yard used by ranchers and cowboys who bedded down in their wagons or on the ground. A metal staircase at the rear of the building accessed the upstairs, which during most of this era was a billiard hall. It continued as a saloon until 1920, when it closed its doors due to the National Prohibition Act.
In 1937, after Lehmann's moved across the street, The Florette Shop, an elegant ladies' ready-to-wear, took the space in 1937. An unattended wood stove fire damaged merchandise in 1941, but did not harm the building. After repairs, Western Auto Associates operated a store here from 1942-1977 and in 1950, remodeled the front wall with glass and aluminum. Next was I Remember, an antique store, in 1977.
The building was restored in 1995 by Lyndia and William Rector.
Erected by Kerr County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 30° 2.77′ N, 99° 8.484′ W. Marker is in Kerrville, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Earl Garrett Street, on the right when traveling south on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 709 Water Street, Kerrville TX 78028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boeckmann Recreation Hall (1909) (a few steps from this marker); The Pampell Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sid Peterson (within shouting distance of this marker); Floyd A. Cailloux (within shouting distance of this marker); Schreiner Wool Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Schreiner Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kerrville (about 400 feet away); Captain Charles Schreiner (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kerrville.
Also see . . .
1. The Favorite Saloon Building(Submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Texas Rangers and “The Favorite Saloon”. (Submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.