Library Of Congress
Library Of CongressPublic Domain ArchivePart of Not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress
Union Trading Company Complex, Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, TX

Union Trading Company Complex, Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, TX



1997 Charles E. Peterson Prize, First Place
Significance: In 1874 Whittaker Keesey authorized his brother, Otis M., to build a house and corral near Fort Davis for trading in general merchandise and liquor. In 1876 Louis Cardis leased a 200 foot square plot for a stagecoach station. After Cardis' death in the 1877 Salt Wars the Keeseys operated a mercantile business in the total complex. In 1906 A.F. Peschke was hired to replace the "main portion" of the adobe structure with a stone building "to have a basement, hand-operated freight elevator and a coal shute." The business became the Union Trading Company in 1908, and by 1913 the south entrance of the store had been closed with a veneer of matching stone...
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N470
Survey number: HABS TX-3470
Building/structure dates: 1874 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1876 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1877 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1906 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1908 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1913 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Keesey Brothers
Peichke, A F
Rodnicki, Nicholas
Woodcock, David G, faculty sponsor
Texas A&M University, Department of Architecture, sponsor
County of Jeff Davis, sponsor
Fort Davis National Historic Site, sponsor
Clifford, Frederic, delineator
Cowan, Mark, delineator
Ellinger, Kathleen, delineator
Gavin, Julie, delineator




Library of Congress

Copyright info

No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted.

Library Of Congress

The objects in this archive are from Library of Congress - the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors.

Disclaimer: A work of the Library of Congress is "a work prepared by an officer or employee" of the federal government "as part of that person's official duties." In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law and are therefore in the public domain. This website is developed as a part of the world's largest public domain archive,, and not developed or endorsed by the Library of Congress,

Developed by GetArchive, 2015-2020