Buckholts, Texas, and Their SPJST Halls: Third Time Was The Charm

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Buckholts in a small Texas town in Milam County, founded in 1887, and located roughly 23 miles from Temple. Named for John A. Buckholts, who donated land when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway arrived, this community is home to a rare 83-year-old octagonal building. The structure is used as a gathering spot for dances, receptions, meetings, and more. It’s a truly interesting structure of the SPJST, which stands for Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas (Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas). This nonsectarian fraternal society is now 122 years old. The building in Buckholts features an octagonal plan, hinged windows and central vent for air circulation, as well as roof arches and hardwood floors.

Buckholts, Texas, and Their SPJST Halls: Third Time Was The Charm

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In October 1907, SPJST members from the towns of Cameron, Marak, and Buckholts established Lodge No. 15. The official name of the lodge was Svornost Jihu, which translates as “Southern Unity,” although this name was rarely used. The first hall was conceived and built by members by July 4, 1911, but was destroyed during a storm in 1915. The second hall was set ablaze in 1936 by bank robbers attempting to create a distraction. Within six months, however, the third version was built, and there it remains today. Through radio broadcasts in the 1950s, the hall attracted a large audience with musicians to match. Country music, polka, and western swing have long been favorites.

Buckholts, Texas, and Their SPJST Halls: Third Time Was The Charm

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Located at 600 E. Hwy 36, this building proudly displays Texas Historical Marker Number 15079 with the title “Buckholts SPJST Lodge Hall.” SPJST promotes social activities and insurance benefits for members. Recently, SPJST presented around $70,000 in scholarships; they also boast approximately 40,000 members in 104 lodges throughout Texas. If you are heading through Buckholts, drive by this building and take a moment to read the historical marker. Then snap a picture and send it to us!