A part of Weatherford’s history will officially be preserved, and in a unique way.
At its meeting on April 14, the Weatherford City Council passed a resolution formally transferring the title of the Holland Lake Log Cabins to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center to be preserved in “perpetuity,” the resolution read.
“For several years, we’ve been in discussion with the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, to help ensure that the double log cabins at Holland Lake are preserved and maintained for future generations,” said City Manager Jerry Blaisdell. “The Doss has been working actively to prepare a log cabin village that will be something similar to the log cabin village you see at Forrest Park in Fort Worth.”
Blaisdell said the Doss had already identified a number of cabins to move to the site.
“We’ve contributed through the hotel/motel tax funds some dollars to help in the preparation of the site work for those cabins,” Blaisdell added. “We’ve also committed to them, informally, for a number of years, that the cabins at Holland Lake would be part of that log cabin village and that the title be transferred to them and moved to the Doss. This resolution before you just formally recognizes that concept.”
The resolution passed with a slight deletion to its wording recommended by councilwoman Heidi Wilder: The Weatherford City Council will consider assistance for the operation and maintenance of the DHCC Log Cabin Village of Parker County when allocating future hotel/motel tax funds.
“I’m not fond of that language,” Wilder said.
She did say, though, despite the deletion of that portion of the resolution that it did not prevent the Doss from requesting hotel/motel tax monies in the future.
▪ Background: According to information filed with the City, Mr. G.A. Holland, with the help of civic leaders between 1928 and 1935, moved in two historic log cabins, the Waggoner Cabin and the McCleskey cabin, from outlying ranches and joined them together with one roof, leaving a breezeway between to resemble the old time, typical double log house. Sometime later, two additional cabins were relocated to Holland’s Lake. These cabins have provided a source of education and history for our community for many years.
Presently, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (DHCC) is in the process of developing a log cabin village adjacent to the Doss Center. They have a site plan and will begin fund-raising for the project in the near future.
▪ In other business, the council issued a few proclamation, one naming April 14 as Linda Tingle Day in the city for her efforts with Habitat for Humanity.
“ I am very honored to have a day in this great city in honor of me,” Tingle said. “ I thank God for the opportunities He has given me here in Parker County and in the city of Weatherford.”
She said working with Trinity Habitat for Humanity has opened doors and given her friends that she would never have had before.
“The 15 families I have gotten to know and love through the building of their homes is just more than I could have dreamed,” she said. “But we are not stopping here; we will start house 15 in May and will be building No. 16 in October. Trinity Habitat for Humanity is one of the best non-profits, building homes and hope for God’s pPeople and they work and pay for them. Thank you all again, I will be forever grateful.”
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102