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For thousands of years, man has been compacting dirt, water and other materials into shapes used to construct shelters and buildings.Typical of arid regions where timber and stone are scarce, Native Americans used the mud composite for construction in desert southwest regions of the state long before the word adobe, Spanish for mud brick, became part of the vernacular.

Popular in the construction of missions, fortresses, commercial buildings and dwellings, properly maintained adobe brick can survive centuries. Take the West Texas town of Marfa as an example. This artists’ community is an attractive destination for vacationers and retirees seeking the allure of the desert with a laid-back atmosphere.

The city is also home to one of the largest inventories of early adobe homes in the
state. In fact, adobe structures have become so trendy and in demand that city officials have established an appraisal category specifically for adobe.

Although more prevalent in the western parts of the state, adobe construction can be found all across Texas.

The following list recognizes some of these enduring structures.


Spanish Governor’s Palace
San Antonio

Landmark remnants of the original Presidio San Antonio de Bejar, known as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, showcase Texas’ earliest history under Spanish rule.
105 Plaza de Armas
San Antonio, TX 78720
(210) 224-0601
spanishgovernorspalace.org


Quinta Mazatlan
McAllen

Quinta Mazatlan is a historical adobe mansion serving as visitor enter and a bird, wildlife and butterfly refuge.
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 681-3370
quintamazatlan.com


Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Presidio

The western visitor center for Big Bend Ranch State Park offers docent-led and self-guided tours of the fort and its historic exhibits.
FM 170 East
Presidio, TX 79845
(432) 229-3613
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fort-leaton


Goliad State Park and Historic Site
Goliad

One of several Goliad area historic sites, the reconstructed Zaragoza State Birthplace Historic Site honors General Ignacio Zaragoza, the hero of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Hwy 183 South
Goliad, TX 77963
(361) 645-3405
tpw.texas.gov/state-parks/goliad


San Elizario Historic District
San Elizario

The restored Los Portales Museum and Information Center is the first stop on the San Elizario Walking Tour.
1521 San Elizario Rd.
San Elizario, TX 79849
(915) 851-1682
visitelpasomissiontrail.com


Fort Stockton Historic Site
Fort Stockton

Four original buildings are featured in the 75-acre historic Fort Stockton site, where historic re-enactments highlight Living History Days.
301 E. 3rd St.
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
(432) 336-2400
historicfortstockton.org

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