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Who Built the Bluebonnet House? See the Facts: Bluebonnet House Part 3

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Fact 3: In February, 1855, Logan actually sold 212 acres of the land which included the location of the Bluebonnet House to Christian Dorbondt and Theodore Winkle. Why does that prove the house existed before Dorbandt become the owner? The seeing price was $1,000. That’s $4.72 an acre. The deed can be found at the Burnet County Clerk’s office of the Courthouse. The Republic of Texas was selling unimproved land for 50 cents on acre. Unimproved land in Burnet County outside of the city was normally selling for less than 20 cents an acre. In fact, other ports of Logan’s land near the Bluebonnet House later sold for 17 cents an acre. So, to pay that enormous amount for the property implies that there surely had to have been structures likely a house, a barn, a well, something already there when it was sold. And to make that even more believable, the deed from Logan to the buyers mentions land and “tenements.” The definition of a tenement in legal lingo is “a term found on older deeds, which means any structure on real property.”

Not many people in Burnet County were building stone houses during that period, but Logan obviously liked them since he had built a two-room stone cabin in Burnet (since moved to Fort Croghan) which also has double-thick walls just like the Bluebonnet House and the two-story Masonic Lodge building, still standing just south of the square in Burnet. So, Logan had the money to build, the desire and experience to build in stone, and the ownership of the land where the Bluebonnet House was built.

Case closed? We think so.

 

Who Built the Bluebonnet House? See the Facts: Bluebonnet House Part 3
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