Details for Ratler, Texas and the Renfro Dam (Atlas Number 5333012159)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5333012159

Data

Marker Number 12159
Atlas Number 5333012159
Marker Title Ratler, Texas and the Renfro Dam
Index Entry Ratler, Texas and the Renfro Dam
Address
City Goldthwaite
County Mills
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes cities and towns; mills - textile, fiber, gristmills, cotton gins; water topics; ghost towns
Marker Year 1997
Designations
Marker Location FM 574, 10 mi. W. of Goldthwaite
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Mary (Robins) and J. W. Jones built a dam of live oak logs and sandstone on the Colorado River about 8 miles south of this site between 1876 and 1879. The dam provided power to Jones' grist mill and cotton gin. The community became known as Jones Valley. The grist mill became a trade center, the dam a favorite recreation spot for area settlers. In 1883 the Jones' properties were sold to J. D. Willis. When Mills County was formed in 1885, the U. S. Postal Service set up a station in the Willis store, renaming the town Ratler. In 1933 Willis sold to B. F. Renfro, who rebuilt the dam of sandstone. The 1936 flood destroyed everything but the dam. (1998)