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Section D c.~J~ree July 16, 2014 *Page 1D BY PAIGE LAMBERT Buying or selling a property can be a headache. It's a rarity people enter the market without multiple consultations with real- tors and hours spent on research. However, one factor is rarely considered: having a historical marker on the property. In Kyle, 204 S Sledge St. is a great example of that factor. In the 1800s, the Inter- national & Great North- ern Railroad planned to construct a station between Austin and San Marcos. They accepted an offer from the families of D.R. Moore and Captain Ferguson Kyle, the town's namesake. The 200 acres, except for a depot site and track right- of-way, was deeded to the Texas Land Company for development of a town. On Oct. 4, 1880, hundreds of people gathered under a massive Live Oak for the auction of that land. In 1975, the Kyle Auc- tion Oak became a Texas Historical Marker site, forever designating it as a landmark in Kyle's history. Since then the tree has been rooted In private property. One would think when a homeowner buys the property, they have to abide by certain regulations and maintain the tree. David Aston, of Colo- nial Real Estate in Buda, said the strapping juris- dictions that come with a historical marker could greatly affect the prop- erty's market status. However, depending on the type of marker, the owner isn't obliged to do anything. The Texas Historical Commission issues two types of markers, subject markers and recorded PHOTO BY PAIGE LAMBERT A subject marker, like the Auction Oak in Kyle, commemorates an indiviual or event, usually for the educational benefit of the public. However, with this type of marker the homeowner isn't obliged to maintain the subject - in this case, the tree. "We don't know what will happen in five-lO years, since there is nothing to tie it down. Bassett, Hays County His- torical Commission chair of ecology; saw a crack running down the middle of its trunk. In mid-July, the county commission Contracted It become enmm rei l an arborist from San Mar- might a ,,,,......_,,.,., os,o u 7,000 pounds parking lot in the future." oflimbsoffthetreeand stall cables between the :limbs. -Bob Brinkman, ,