Category Archives: Shackelford County

A bridge to nowhere, or somewhere?

I am sometimes reminded that life is like an old bridge. It has structure and form, a path and direction, and varying methods of support, aesthetics, damage, and repairs. In traveling, we may have obstacles in our path, whether overgrown … Continue reading

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Ledbetter House

The Ledbetter Picket House in Albany, Texas was built during the mid-1870s by William H. Ledbetter.  Lawrence Clayton and Morris Ledbetter (a descendant) identified him as a native Mississippian, although other accounts indicate Ledbetter was from Georgia.  (I will put … Continue reading

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Albany: We’re done here now.

Albany, Texas has done a much better job than some of the rural towns in the area at keeping the historic downtown vital.  Not only have they preserved buildings, most of them remain in active use commercially. On the left, … Continue reading

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Shackelford County Jail

The first permanent public building in Shackelford County was the jail constructed in 1877-78.  It is described as one of the few remaining examples of 19th Century Classic architecture. The architect was John Thomas of Thomas and Woerner Builders in … Continue reading

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Rock ruins on an Albany hillside

This house was visible from the old Albany jail, Shackelford County, Texas.  I can’t turn up any information about it.  It appears similar to many of the early structures in this area, but given the lack of information about it, … Continue reading

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