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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Quarry Site

 
 
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By Richard Denney, November 20, 2012
1. Old Quarry Site Marker
Inscription.  

Limestone quarried at this site was hauled to Congress Avenue by oxen and used in constructing the 1853 Texas Capitol Building. The structure burned in 1881, but stone from the Capitol ruins was later used in several Austin building projects. The quarry site was originally part of the land granted to Tennessee native George Washington Davis (1806-1884) for his service in the Texas Revolution. Later inherited by his daughter-in-law Elvira T. Davis, the land was maintained as the family homestead for many years. The Davis Cemetery is located nearby (.25 mi. SW).
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14442.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 30° 20.969′ N, 97° 44.409′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Albata Avenue and Ardath Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located
Old Quarry Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 20, 2012
2. Old Quarry Site Marker
Marker with entrance to Northwest pool in background.
in parking lot near entrance to Northwest Municipal Pool. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7000 Ardath Street, Austin TX 78757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Davis Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Austin (approx. one mile away); Austin Memorial Park Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Austin (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Old Zimmerman Home (approx. 1.9 miles away); Moore-Hancock Farmstead (approx. 2 miles away); Texas Newspapers, C.S.A. (approx. 2 miles away); Fiskville (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Shoal Creek. This location, part of the Davis homestead referenced on the marker, is about 800 feet from Shoal Creek, one of the key waterways in Austin. This online re-print of The History of Shoal Creek, by Leila Downs Clark, May 1954, provides historic context for this area. (Submitted on November 26, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Historic Marker Application: Elvira T. Manor Davis House. While the Elvira T. Manor Davis house was not located here on the original George Washington
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Davis property, the marker application for the house she retired to does provide additional information on the Davis family and the period when Elvira T. Manor Davis owned the homestead as indicated on the marker. (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

3. George Washington Davis: Early Settler on Shoal Creek. Travis County Historical Commission article on George Washington Davis. (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 984 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2020, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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