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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Albert's On the Market

For a mere $2.5 million you can own the town of Albert, Texas.

A weathered wood sign is nailed to the trunk of a towering live oak that dates to the early 1500s, when Spanish conquistadors were searching for gold in what is now known as Texas Hill Country. "Albert, Texas Population 4," the sign says, but Bobby Cave smiles sheepishly and confesses that it's an exaggeration.

"I made that up," the owner of Albert says of his census-taking.
Albert is named for Albert Luckenbach, whose wife, according to the Handbook of Texas, gave the original homestead her husband's family name. She was a postmaster, and when a new post office was opened on Williams Creek, she and her husband moved there in 1892 and renamed the unincorporated town then known as Martinsburg. [Link]

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