AUSTIN, Texas —
The Martindale Central Historic District in Caldwell County was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) assisted in the nomination of this property in recognition of its importance to the history of Austin and the State of Texas. Noted for its historical and architectural significance, the district joins other properties around the state with National Register status.
The Martindale Central Historic District is an eight-block area of commercial, industrial and residential buildings that represent the Central Texas town’s early settlement and development into a national leader in cottonseed processing and distribution. In the early 20th century, advancements in ginning technology made cottonseed and its by-products one of the Texas’ most lucrative commodities. Martindale’s location within a region dependent on cotton cultivation and its riverfront site made it well-suited for the new industry. By the mid-1900s, the town boasted two of the nation’s top hybrid cottonseed companies, and Martindale continued to be an industry leader through the 1950s. Local prosperity and growth enabled citizens to construct many fine homes. The district’s bungalows and Queen Anne style residences are important examples of the the era’s popular architectural styles.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources.
The National Register includes nearly 3,400 listings in Texas. Listing affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate their restoration and preservation.
To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or visit thc.texas.gov.