I have driven past this "development," named for the developer, now deceased, for thirty years on the drive from Austin to Houston, specifically Brenham to Hempstead.
The developer's idea was to start a quaint tourist town for shopping just outside Brenham, but it never got off the ground. I remember seeing some of these move on to the property just at the edge of Highway 290. The buildings weren't in good shape then. Many were never "ready" with power boxes not hooked up. Many do have newer roofs. What an enormous project to ready and returned that many old buildings. Could you imagine the foundation repairs?
Molly and I visited my mother in law in Austin, played around in Austin and did some shopping, then decided to stop and pull the camera out on our drive home again.
She's used to being my subject because I get bored of buildings and like to bring a little life to these. We didn't go into any of the buildings, there are no trespassing signs, but also because of the wood rot! The wooded board walks are scary.
I heard this property is under bank control with the historical society having a stake in what happens to it. Winkelmann is a very dreamy, interesting place, but, sadly, I don't see it ever having a rebirth.