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Trona in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Austin Hall

 
 
Austin Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 26, 2010
1. Austin Hall Marker
Inscription. Austin Hall, the much loved focal point of the Trona community, once stood on this site. Built in 1912 the unique structure, with its one-foot thick concrete walls, boasted 45 arches on three sides, the building provided a cooling shelter from the blazing heat with its patio center and oleander trees. Early employees were housed and fed in its spacious rooms and eventually all the town’s businesses were housed here. The patio became an open-air theatre with adjoining pool hall, a barber shop, post office, library, grocery and department store and a telegraph office with a switchboard for the single phone line into Trona.



The building was named for Stafford W. Austin, the court appointed receiver for the troubled California Trona Company. Austin guided the company through its evolution from the John Searles owned San Bernardino Borax Mining Company to the eventually successful American Potash and Chemical Corporation. The building was removed in 1965.
 
Erected 2002 by Searles Valley Historical Society.
 
Location. 35° 45.601′ N, 117° 22.564′ W. Marker is in Trona, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Trona Road on Main Street. Click for map
Austin Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 26, 2010
2. Austin Hall Marker
. The Austin Hall plaque is across the street and north of the Guest House Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Trona CA 93562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Searles Lake Borax Discovery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Valley Wells (approx. 5.2 miles away); John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes (approx. 5.5 miles away); Epsom Salts Monorail (approx. 5.5 miles away); Welcome to the Trona Pinnacles (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Trona in 1948. This article is from a brochure published by the American Potash & Chemical Corporation in 1948. It includes history and photos. (Submitted on January 26, 2012.) 
 
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Original Location of the Austin Hall image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 26, 2010
3. Original Location of the Austin Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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