North (back) side of Rode-Kothe House, Cherry Spring, Gillespie County, Texas, May 29, 1936, by Richard MacAllister for an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (all three photos).
The HABS says the limestone house was at least partly built in 1855 by German immigrant Dietrich Rode. (He completed it in 1879.) Rode was one of the founders of nearby Fredericksburg, as well as Cherry Spring. He was also a lay Lutheran minister and a teacher, first in his students’ homes at night and then on the second floor of his ranchhouse shown here.
The house may still stand near Christ Lutheran Church, which Rode helped found, but I cannot find a current picture of it.
The HABS says the building was “[s]ited to dominate its surroundings.”
We are concerned with staying with original willow corrals – that is definitely part of Great Basin ranching. They are safer in every way; they have some give to them. And they are the cheapest fencing from a materials standpoint since almost everything is naturally already on the ranch.
The house — of adobe construction — served as the officer’s quarters of Fort Scott in the late 1860s. In 1978, it was the main residence of Fort Scott Ranch.
There is another view here, by Howard W. Marshall.
The photos here are three of over two thousand taken or collected for the Folklife Center’s 1972-1982 ethnographic field project on the Paradise Valley area. The work became the collection* “Bucharoos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982.”
There’s another photo of the ranch house and its outbuildings here.
For the last two Sundays, I ran a little poll asking how readers look at enclos*ure — 1) on a desktop computer or Mac; 2) on an e-reader; or 3) on a smartphone? Of those who responded, 82% use a desktop and the others use an e-reader.
*It also contains sound recordings and motion picture film.