Cole Ranch Conducts Extensive Cultural and Archeological Study for Site
By Jennifer Alexander
In November 2020, an intensive cultural resources survey of the entire 3,169-acre Cole Ranch Property was completed on behalf of the Cole Ranch Improvement District No. 1 of Denton County pursuant to the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The purpose of the survey was to determine if any significant archeological deposits are located within the Project Area and, if any existed, to determine if the project had the potential for any adverse effects on sites eligible for formal designation as State Antiquities Landmarks (SALs) or on sites listed on or considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The cultural resources investigations were conducted under Texas Antiquities (TA) Permit no. 30012. Any artifacts recovered during the investigations and all records produced during the investigations were curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in accordance with the TA Permit-Terms and Conditions and 13 TAC Section 26.17.
Based on the survey results, it was determined that the planned development will have no adverse effect on significant cultural resources considered eligible for formal designation as SALs or listed on or considered eligible for listing in the NRHP. These findings were submitted to the Texas Historical Commission and State Historic Preservation Office for review under the Antiquities Code of Texas in January 2021. On February 26, 2021, the agencies completed their review and concurred without comment that the discovered historic period sites should be considered Ineligible for the National Register of Historic Places or designation as State Antiquities Landmarks, and no further work was recommended.