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The Old Zimmerman Home

 
 
The Old Zimmerman Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
1. The Old Zimmerman Home Marker
Inscription.  Edward E. Zimmerman came to Texas, 1844, from Germany; settled here, 1854, with wife Regina Reinhard. They had 5 children. Zimmerman built this early Texas farmhouse, 1861, of hand-hewn cream colored rock from nearby hills; lumber from Bull Creek mills. One of first residences on route of Shawnee Trail (used by traders, immigrants, Indians, and famous as a cattle trail in 1850s and 1860s). Regina once shot a bear at back door.
 
Erected 1967 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 15021.)
 
Location. 30° 21.837′ N, 97° 42.818′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Payton Gin Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker and house are located on the property of The Settlement Home for Children. Gates may be locked during off hours. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Payton Gin Rd, Austin TX 78753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fiskville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Quarry Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Austin
The Old Zimmerman Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 11, 2016
2. The Old Zimmerman Home Marker
Photo of marker in context. Marker is on the southeast end of house (right end when facing house).
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Davis Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Austin (approx. 2.7 miles away); Walnut Creek Baptist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Austin Memorial Park Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Austin State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Walden Mill at Bull Creek Historical Marker
 
Also see . . .
1. Shawnee Trail. Handbook of Texas Online entry for Shawnee Trail referenced on marker. (Submitted on March 19, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Zimmerman Cabin (pdf file) - Preservation Austin, Fall 2014, vol. 18 no. 4. The Edward E. Zimmerman Cabin, located at 9019 Parkfield Drive, predates the Zimmerman House shown on this marker. As the newsletter describes "the cabin is one of the oldest houses in Austin. Built in 1854 by German immigrant Zimmerman for his family, this house is of a rare construction style of stone and wood. When first constructed, the Zimmerman house was five miles from the City of Austin. Zimmerman served as the areas first postmaster and ran a general
The Old Zimmerman Home image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
3. The Old Zimmerman Home
store. Zimmerman later built a stone house nearby once his family outgrew the small stone and wood house. The property stayed in the Zimmerman fami ly until the early twentieth century. Now, the house is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and an example of early settlement in Central Texas." The cabin is further west, closer to the Shawnee Trail, and Zimmerman probably used it as a trading post once his house at this site was completed. (Submitted on February 6, 2017, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

3. Walden Mill on Bull Creek. Marker references lumber from Bull Creek mills used in house construction. This is likely the Walden's mill on Bull Creek. (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Close-up of hand-hewn limestone image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 11, 2016
4. Close-up of hand-hewn limestone
Marker notes that house was made from "hand-hewn cream colored rock". In this close-up near front door the marks from cutting the limestone are evident.
Austin Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 11, 2016
5. Austin Historic Landmark Plaque
Rear of the house near entrance to office now located in the house.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,084 times since then and 201 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2019, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on September 11, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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