425 Chestnut Street
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tours available through the Heart of West Texas Museum
Let’s take a step back in time; a time when Colorado, Texas was just being established. Brave people were moving westward to start their new lives, coming by railroad, horseback, and covered wagon. GTT (Gone to Texas) was the official message they left on the doors of their previous homes in the east. They often started off in tents and dug-outs, but gradually established permanent homes. There are still such places standing that enable us to take that step back to see what life was like here over a hundred years ago.
The Scott-Majors home, or the Heritage House as it is now called, is one of Colorado City’s rare jewels. It was built in 1882 by Colonel J.P. Hodgson, and was the first brick home built in Colorado City. The very bricks were made locally from clay found in the bed and along the banks of the Colorado River. Two years later, in 1884, Winfield Scott bought the house and began a $10,000 project of enlarging and redecorating the original structure.
Winfield Scott is as much a part of Colorado City’s heritage as the house he left behind. He came to Mitchell County in 1876 and was a cattleman. He organized and became president of the First National Bank in 1882. He and his family lived in the beautiful home until 1889 when they moved to Fort Worth where he continued a successful career as a banker and cattleman.
In 1893, the house would pass to another banker and cattleman, W.T. Scott. Though no relation to Winfield, Mr. W.T. Scott was a prominent business man, rancher and bank officer at the Colorado Bank. In the late 1870’s, W.T. Scott helped complete the first railroad in Texas and received land in Mitchell, Sterling and Howard County as payment for his contributions.
In 1902, J.P Majors bought the home and set up a successful jewelry business here in Colorado City. He had four boys and five girls. All four of the boys followed their father in the jewelry business. Many will still remember Sam L. Majors, who continued the family business on 2nd St. until the ‘70’s. The house remained in the Majors family until 1973.
The late Marion Bassham of the Spade ranch, a woman noted for her generosity and love for Colorado City and Mitchell County, bought the house in 1977 and began the involved process of restoring the old home to its original turn of the century character. It was awarded a Historical Marker in 1979 and was presented as a gift to the City in 1987 by Mrs. Bassham. She remained a part of the complete restoration, graciously donating time, money and furniture to the project.
Through efforts made by the City of Colorado City, the Heart of West Texas Inc., the Heart of West Texas Museum and the Mitchell County Historical Commission, the home is once again in mint condition and available for viewing and social functions such as garden receptions, showers, meetings and small luncheons. It also makes for a beautiful photography backdrop. It boasts two large verandas, large rooms with tall ceilings, a detached kitchen and beautiful period furnishings.
For more information, to view the home or to schedule your next event at the Heritage House, please visit the Heart of West Texas Museum at 340 East 3rd Street or call me, Amie Wood at (325) 728-8285.