Think It’s Just An Old Log Cabin? Revitalize Comanche Knows Better!

Revitalize Comanche has a lot of goals, but first and foremost, the group plans to transform the town of Comanche into a Heritage Tourism Destination, thus courting some of the 2.26 BILLION dollars that the heritage tourism industry brings into Texas each year.*  Today, we bring you the story of a cabin, a cabin that many of lesser imaginations would overlook…but thankfully,  not Sandy Luker, Revitalize volunteer.

The message popped up on my computer one day, “We need some log cabins placed around town,” Sandy.

Of course, I agreed immediately, knowing that the whirlwind I have known all of my life would be messaging me again in the very near future. Sure enough, it was only a few days before yet another message was on my screen.

“I found us a cabin. Wanna go look at it?”

Within the hour, we were headed out to the old Riewe place, where Darrell Riewe had told us we could take the old cabin from his place. Of course, we knew it was in very, very bad condition, but Revitalize is a group of very, very determined people.  :)

Bless the old cabin's heart; no one has loved it in a long time.

Bless the old cabin’s heart; no one has loved it in a long time. Luckily the logs that have fallen are still with the cabin and are still useable.

Once Sandy explained that Ruth Goodson’s mother, Virginia Strother Robertson Wood, was tied to the old cabin, it wasn’t long until Virginia and I were sitting down at her kitchen table so that she could “tell me a story” about the old home, where once lived her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Clementine Robertson and husband, Loomas Robertson, and their eldest child.

Apparently the Robertson family moved to Comanche County from Alabama in 1903, and the cabin was their first home in the county.

“I remember Mrs. Robertson telling me that they were living in this cabin, and one day Mr. Robertson was clearing a field behind that house to make farmland out of it. She said it was such a hot, dark room, and there was an ax on the porch, ‘and it made me mad, and I took that ax and knocked a hole in the wall!  T. Lumas nearly whipped me when he came in for dinner and found a hole in the wall!'” Virginia concluded her mother-in-law’s story.

If you look closely at the wall beside the fireplace, you will see the boarded up "window" created by Mrs. Robertson on that long ago, very hot day.

If you look closely at the wall beside the fireplace, you will see the boarded up “window” created by Mrs. Robertson on that long ago, very hot day.

Somehow, I almost think I can feel just exactly how Mrs. Robertson must have felt on that hot day in a log cabin! And just to let you know, the Robertson family plans to be actively involved in helping restore the old cabin once it is moved into Comanche.

*So far, the Revitalize effort is purely the work of volunteers and volunteer dollars, with no support from the city of Comanche or the EDC. Contact Sandy Luker if you would like to help in the restoration or donate to it.
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About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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