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Pflugerville in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bohls House

 
 
Bohls House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
1. Bohls House Marker
Inscription.  

Gottlieb William Bohls (1878-1961), the oldest of Heinrich and Julie Schroeder Bohls’ ten children, was born on his family’s farm near this site. In 1906, G.W. married Bertha Timmerman (1883-1967), and five years later they purchased a 95-acre farm on the Austin-Hutto road, formerly the site of the Carrington Ranch School. They lived in a small home until this two-story, eight-room house could be completed in 1913. After twelve years, G.W. sold the property to his youngest brother, Otto Walter Bohls, Sr. (1898-1973), and his wife, Laura Emma Anna (Fuchs) (1898-1992). Otto promoted soil conservation practices on the farm and in the area, serving as chair of the Travis County Agricultural Adjustment Administration for 13 years. Contour farming, planting cover crops, building stock tanks, rotating crops and planting new seed varieties reduced wind and water erosion and kept the soil intact during periods of drought. The Bohls family deeded the property to the city of Pflugerville in 1993 to promote and interpret the city’s heritage and culture.

The Queen Anne Free Classic style house features a hipped cross-gabled roof with dormer
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windows and fishscale shingles. Prominent elements include a wraparound porch, main door sidelights, a longleaf pine interior, and cutaway bays with wooden brackets on the front-facing parlor and side-facing dining room. Original outbuildings included a barn, two homes for farm hands, a smokehouse, an outhouse and a carriage garage. The original rain harvesting system, including a 4,000-gallon brick and concrete underground cistern and a 2,000-gallon galvanized tin cistern above ground, was the home’s only source of drinking water until 1975.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2005
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13542.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitectureEducationEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 30° 26.535′ N, 97° 36.41′ W. Marker is in Pflugerville, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Heritage Loop Trail north of Firebush Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville TX 78660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pflugerville (approx. one mile away); Pflugerville Schools
Bohls House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, January 1, 2020
2. Bohls House and Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fortress Home (approx. 2.9 miles away); Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dessau (approx. 3.4 miles away); Pfluger Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Oertli Dairy (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pflugerville.
 
Bohls House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
3. Bohls House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on March 18, 2020, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on December 19, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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