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Walnut Ridge

121 St. Joseph St., Gonzales, Texas 78629 USA

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“forgotten mansion in historic town”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. We know very little about this abandoned mansion in Gonzales, Texas. Gonzales has an especially high concentration of historic houses and other buildings. The oldest dwellings in Gonzales date to the mid-19th century, but most of the architecturally notable houses were built from about 1880 to about 1915. Victorian houses are the most common, with many Colonial Revival houses as well. Many of the most notable houses, built for the important families of Gonzales, were built along St. Louis St. and St. Lawrence St. Those two roads edge to the south and north a long stretch of public land one block wide running from the historic downtown commercial center and courthouse all the way to Kerr Creek to the east. Gonzales is one of the earliest Anglo-American settlements in Texas, the first west of the Colorado River. It was established by Empresario Green DeWitt as the capital of his colony in August 1825. DeWitt named the community for Rafael Gonzáles, governor of Coahuila y Tejas. Informally, the community was known as the Dewitt Colony. The original settlement (located where Highway 90-A crosses Kerr Creek) was abandoned in 1826 after two American Indian attacks. It was rebuilt nearby in 1827. The town remains today as it was originally surveyed.

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Reviewed by
LyndseyStang

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January 16, 2018

My ancestors built the house and my great grandmother was born in it. My ancestors are buried near. If anyone has anymore info on it or whether or not the hoarder still lives there, please let me know.

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gracie3

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March 26, 2015

This place is not for sale. It has long been owned by a woman that does actually live in it. She is a hoarder and has nothing but newspapers stacked sky high and beer cans everywhere. Many people have offered a ton of money for it and she refuses to sell it. People have offered to pay to restore it and she refuses to let anyone touch it. so it's left to rot away with her. It's on an amazing large lot. The people of Gonzales have relentlessly tried to save this house but she will not let anyone near it. She has an adult son who has long since moved away, but he did grow up in the house. Originally the home was built by J. Gordon Riley a noted architect that built several other beautiful homes in Gonzales.

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Reviewed by
gmmayo

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July 13, 2019

I recall it well as a child. The Walker family owned it. I loved Ms Anna the sister. My grandpa was their landscaper. The8r mom lived with them. They were millionaires. In.time they gave or sold their guesthouse to my granduncle Louis Moreno. They had an embalmed man in a sealed room they removed when my uncle got it. No one from that generstion could b living there. It must b a homeless. THE police needs to vacate it and restore it for a historical place to be viewed by the
people of Gonzales. It could b turned into a library too as is the California masion.

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Reviewed by
marissabrandon

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February 28, 2019

Yall leave the house alone, i know the women who ownes it, shes very overprotective over it. And wants the house to stay in the family. Its not for sale, shes not letting it rot, she has people to fix it up, and maybe a family us going to move in pretty soon.

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Reviewed by
tammywenzel

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November 15, 2018

If this hoarder is still at this beautiful home legal action can be taken to remove her. She needs to be evicted before she destroys a part of history. Why hasn't anyone thought of it? Take legal action before it's too late. Put the house on historic registry. The town or city can do that. The woman has to be ill I am sure, mentally and physically, declare her mentally incompetent....I mean all kinds of things can be done. Contact the city, historical society, an attorney; etc. Please do something to save this house!

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Reviewed by
mindyleah

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January 27, 2018

There are air conditioner units in upstairs and downstairs windows and I drove hours to it to find out it is in renovation right now. Windows boarded up and machinery in the yard in renovation. I also saw a realtor sign propped up against the fence wall and there is a sign that my camera got from street that said the property is under surveillance and there are cameras on the outside of the property lower east sign near side street.

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TereseaAvant

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February 25, 2015

I wish the state would take over properties that are taken care of before they fall a part..I guess if someone is paying taxes they don't care...but it is an eyesore..someone would love to have it

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Reviewed by
Deathdealer1009

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January 12, 2015
Rated 5.0

Absolutely heartbroken to see the state of ruin that this home is now in . The architecture of this Victorian home should have been cared for and respected as a historical piece of art. Instead it looked like it was treated as a landfill inside . It brought me to tears that architecture such as this is not appreciated in this day and age and it's just left to rot .

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Walnut Ridge

121 St. Joseph St.
Gonzales, Texas
78629 USA

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