Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lynch sold his building in 1885 to three Albany businessmen: Max Blach, N.H. Burns and Sam Webb. Charles Hartfield’s widow, Lettie Hartfield, joined them as an equal partner and the group completed the structure, probably using Charles Hartfield’s original plans. The building was occupied over time by such businesses as a grocery, a general merchandise store, a bowling alley and an auto repair shop. The Albany Masonic Lodge began meeting in the structure as early as 1893, and it became know as “The Masonic Building” to local residents. Real estate magnate L.H. Hill purchased the building in 1925, and the Masonic Lodge bought it
Damage from nesting bats caused part of the building’s limestone front to tumble into the street in 1954. The Masons took down the facade and rebuilt it with yellow brick. Sold again in 1996, the building was renovated and its facade was reconstructed to reflect its former grandeur as one of Albany’s finest early structures.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12365.)
Location. 32° 43.365′ N, 99° 17.85′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on S. Main Street (U.S. 283) south of S. 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White Elephant Saloon (here, next to this marker); Jackson Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Producing Oil Well in West Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Cattle Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rev. John Brown, Clara Barton and the 1886-1887 Drought Relief (within shouting distance of this marker); Shackelford County Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (within shouting distance of this marker); James Robert Green (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 10, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.