WINKELMANN, TEXAS. Winkelmann, a village of restored historic structures, is on U.S. Highway 290 four miles east of Brenham in southeastern Washington County. Ray Winkelmann, a Brenham developer and antiques dealer, began purchasing historic buildings early in his business career, eventually accumulating some 150 structures. In 1983 he purchased a five-acre lot outside of Brenham and began to create a town of historic buildings by moving structures to the site. Nineteen restored buildings were moved to the site, including schoolhouses, plantation houses, a saloon, and a general store. The town began to draw tourists, and Winkelmann ran the saloon, the general store, and a restaurant, and leased other structures to local businesses. At its peak of popularity the town attracted tour groups and had 93 full-time employees. The economic decline of the mid-1980s caused Winkelmann to lose the property to the Washington County State Bank in 1986. The town was auctioned in 1989 and went through several more changes of ownership. In 1994 the historic structures were not in use, and the future of the town was still in doubt.
Austin American-Statesman, July 19, 1989.
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