For the past five years, we have walked by the brick building trying to discern what the words on the wall said. We knew it said something, but just couldn't figure it out.
Meanwhile, as we've been finalizing the next phase of development, we've been finding more of the old rails as we've trenched for wastewater or electrical. Many are now in use as car stops and show dates from 1916. But, we still had piles of them left. We'd placed them next to the railroad tracks hoping that Union Pacific might pick them up since we'd heard that it was illegal to take them to the scrap yard. But, we had to do something with them so no one tripped over them once we opened the parking lot.
After contacting Union Pacific, they started a search for any contract they showed up in their database for the property. After a week or so, they came back and said that they'd found a contract between Buda Gin Co. and Union Pacific dated 1911. The rails belonged to Union Pacific but after such a long time, they gave them to us so we could recycle them.
FINALLY, as we walked by the brick building following that conversation, we realized what the words said - UDA GIN CO. The B had slowly disappeared. What a wonderful piece of history for Buda Gin Co. that Henry Barton and Will G. Barber started in 1911 at the Mill property.