Located along the banks of the Colorado River in one of the most rapidly growing portions of the Texas between the towns of Marble Falls and Lago Vista, is Smithwick Mill. This property takes its unique name from the historic mill site that lies adjacent to it. While acting as a buffer to the larger mill site, the property has multiple important cultural resource sites that accompany the historic uses of the mill, which was in operation from the late 1850’s to the end of the nineteenth century.

In addition to the significant historical and cultural resources, the property fronts the Colorado River, providing invaluable protection for this stretch of the river in the Hill Country. The diversity of habitat, ranging from the riparian and riverine areas to the uplands, provides ample habitat for a diverse amount of wildlife.

Seeing the importance of the historical features and natural resources, Phillip Joseph and the Joseph Land and Cattle Company committed to protecting this unique property. Working with the Colorado River Land Trust, the Joseph’s created a tailor-made conservation easement to meet their specific goals for the property. The conservation easement allows the land to continue to be used at it always has been, including hunting, fishing and grazing while protecting it from future development.

Thanks to the commitment of the Joseph Land and Cattle Company, the cultural resources, wildlife habitat and stretch of Colorado River will be protected for future generations of Texans.

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