Westlake First News Published June 8, 2001 By David A. Brown
There's an old chimney that stands out in a field, away from everything, on Circle 12 Ranch in Westlake, and I wish I could talk to it. If it's anywhere near as old as it seems, it must have seen a good deal of history pass by. Who built it and when and why? Was it some settler making a home for himself and his family, with a fireplace to keep them all warm on the coldest winter day? Was it a defeated Confederate soldier returning from the horror of the Civil War to find that nothing was left of his former home?