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Salado in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Norton-Orgain House

Norton-Orgain House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
1. Norton-Orgain House Marker

Built about 1872 by Edward R.A. Buckles, this I-plan vernacular house exhibits Classical and Victorian detailing. Its two-story gallery features Doric columns on the ground level, which contrast with the Victorian turned wood columns and balusters located above.

Residing here only a short time, Edward Buckles sold the house in 1873 to Colonel Nimrod Lindsay Norton (d. 1903) and his wife Mary (Hall). Colonel Norton, a Confederate veteran, was active in agricultural activities during his residence in Salado and was a charter member of the local grange. He was also a member of the Capitol Building Commission, and donated granite for the Capitol exterior from a quarry he co-owned in Burnet County.

In 1882, Colonel Norton sold the property to John and Kate (Galvin) Orgain, prominent educators in Salado for many years. John served as County School Superintendant; Kate taught at Salado College and Thomas Arnold High School and was a published author. The Orgains resided here until 1907.

Used primarily as a residence by subsequent property owners, the house has also been used as a boardinghouse and inn. It remains
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a prominent local landmark.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3614.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 30° 56.822′ N, 97° 32.205′ W. Marker is in Salado, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is on N Main St close to Thomas Arnold Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salado TX 76571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armstrong-Adams House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Anderson Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Wellborn Barton (about 300 feet away); Dodd's Creek Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Salado Walkpath Bridge (about 400 feet away); Home of Orville Thomas Tyler (about 500 feet away); Louisa Adeline (Addie) Barton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Church Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salado.
Regarding Norton-Orgain House. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Norton-Orgain House and marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
2. Norton-Orgain House and marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,101 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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