Cox Springs School Restoration Society

Please help save this historic structure.

A one-room school was first built in the late 1880’s in the small farm & ranch community above the shore of the Colorado River north of Austin Texas… then rebuilt nearby in 1908 as the COX SPRINGS SCHOOLHOUSE.
Local children were taught in the little schoolhouse at that location until Mansfield Dam was built. Lake Travis flooded farms & ranches and put the structure near the flood plain of the newly created Lake Travis. 

In 1940, with rising waters behind the dam reaching toward the school, two local ranchers got together to move the building to higher ground on Old Burnet Road, where it sits today. It continued to operate as the local school to children in grades 1-11 until 1960, when new schools were built in Lago Vista. Generations of local Texans were schooled over many decades in the Cox Springs Schoolhouse.

The old building sat on the Cedar stumps that it was placed on for 80 years. It was sadly in need of repair to keep it from collapsing in the next big storm, or just through the ravages of time. 

Citizens in Lago Vista & adjacent Jonestown community have banded together to develop a plan to save this great piece of local, Texas & American history. The group has adopted the name "Cox Springs Schoolhouse Restoration Society". So far, they've secured the building, applied for historical status, have received IRS designation as an official 501-(c)(3) nonprofit entity... and undertaken engineering plans to solidify & restore the old school. Leveling and placement of a new substructure was completed in July 2021 with funds collected to date. Thank you! So much more is needed. 

Your help is needed in funding the next step in saving the structure: exterior  repair. Now that the building is solidified on a new foundation, the restoration effort on the siding & interior can take place. We anticipate the next steps will involve many volunteer & professional contractor efforts. This work is urgent, so timing for contributions is immediate.

Your help will be greatly appreciated by the community, the descendants of those who attended school in this historic building, and should give you personal pride in saving a gem of Texas history.





Bronze: Gifts up to $499


Silver: Gifts between $500-$999


Gold: Gifts between $1,000-$1,999


Platinum: Gifts between $2,000-$3,999


Benefactors: Gifts above $4000


Recognition Types:


• All get recognized on web media
• All get recognized on a “donor wall” located at the school
• Silver and above get their names on commemorative brick
• Benefactors receive special separate recognition at the school


DONATE TODAY! Be part of local & Texas HISTORY!

Donations (39)

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  • Kim and Phil Mogavero
    • $200 
    • 4 mos
  • Ed Diks
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Steven Comstock
    • $500 
    • 6 mos
  • Younger Homes
    • $1,000 
    • 2 yrs
  • Eileen Wolfard
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
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Fundraising team (4)

Steve Comstock
Raised $4,000 from 13 donations
Austin, TX
Carlos Dengo
Team member
Raised $1,600 from 3 donations
Brenda Westbrook
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Terri Mirka
Team member
Raised $100 from 2 donations
This team raised $8,230 from 20 other donations.

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