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Original McKinney mill on the way toward historic designation
Monday, July 14, 2008 by Austin Monitor
Both the Historic Landmark Commission and the Zoning and Platting Commission have recommended historic zoning for the first structure associated with Thomas F. McKinney, a
“This is a very exciting discovery for us, and I want to acknowledge right now the chair of this commission (Betty Baker) who directed us to this mill,” Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky told the Zoning and Platting Commission earlier this month. “It was the first mill operated by Thomas F. McKinney in
Keller Family investments now owns the land, and the family is bringing it forward for re-zoning from I-RR. The ZAP approved CS-CO for two tracts on the site and CS-H for the tract on which the mill sits.
Baker, who was instrumental in the discovery of the mill, thanked the family and its agent for agreeing to historic zoning for the property. “I had gone traipsing out about three or four years ago and knew that it was there and just sort of watched it, if you will, because it’s in an area where it could have been carried out stone by stone and no one would ever have known,” Baker said. She also initiated a recent follow-up field trip to survey the site with members of the Keller family and city staffers. “I think all of us will admit this was not an easy thing to find. Someone called me and told me that I was crazy, and that this mill was not there and it had not been there for years,” she said.
But Baker’s perseverance and determination have resulted in the discovery of one of the oldest documented structures in
Thomas F. McKinney was born in 1801 and came to
“I’d like to thank everybody for finding this treasure and preparing this case, so that this wonderful landmark may be preserved,” said Zoning and Platting Commission member Clarke Hammond. “It’s an incredible piece of Texas history as well as Austin history, and I’m so grateful that our Chair Betty Baker and the folks that have been involved in trying to save this and craft this plan so that this could get historic zoning.”
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