The Spettel Riverside House

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Spettel House

Please help us “Save the Spettel!”

Built prior to 1881, near Cattlemens Crossing on the Medina River in Bandera County, the Spettel Riverside House is a registered Texas Historical Landmark. The house is a wooden, two story structure with wide covered porches on the front and back. The Spettel compound included several barns and horse pens, serving as a stage coach stop for the cattle drives of the late 1800′s. Many a Texas cowboy and his longhorn herd stayed the night at the Spettel before pushing on toward the Western Trail and its terminus in Kansas City.

The Spettel was moved by mule train from its original location near the river. When the Dam was constructed, the move was necessary to save it from the rising waters of Medina Lake. The Spettel Riverside House is in dire need of repair and was being considered for demolition by its owners. The Society has been actively working to save this Texas treasure.

The MLPS is proud to announce that the Spettel Riverside House was named as one “Texas Most Endangered Places” on the steps of the Capitol Building in Austin on March 22nd, 2012!!

Shortly after the Spettel House recognition in Austin, members of the MLPS board met with representatives of Equity Lifestyles Corporation, the owners of Spettel House. They have assured us that they will work with us to try to save the Spettel House, changing its current path of “demolition through neglect” to one of preservation.

The MLPS will continue working directly with Preservation Texas, a non-profit organization which assists in preserving places which have historical significance, in part, through a “Partners in the Field” grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

As one of Texas’ Most Endangered Places List, The Spettel House will receive focused attention and the support needed to help save it from destruction. For more information about Preservation Texas and the Most Endangered Places see their website.

Visit our Projects page to view other projects and find out how you can help. View more photos of the Spettel house on our Photos page.
Spettel House