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

Petrified Forest Lodge

(Timber Lodge)

 
 
Petrified Forest Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 11, 2014
1. Petrified Forest Lodge Marker
Inscription. In the 1930ís, J.S. and Alta Woodard built one of Austinís first tourist courts on the northern portion of this site. It was designed by local architect, Hugo Kuehne. Encased in petrified wood from Glen Rose, Texas, the 10 unit lodge appeared as an unusual, exotic western fantasy. The gleaming rock appearance appealed to overnight tourists traveling State Highway 2 (Guadalupe Street) en route to San Antonio or Dallas. In the early days of its history, the owners discovered a “Bonnie and Clyde” autograph in a room rented to a young couple at a nightly rate of $2.50. When traffic was re-routed to Interstate 35, business began to decline, and the distinctive landmark was forced to close its doors in the early 1990ís, after 60 years of operation.

Rarely used as s construction material, petrified wood is formed from trees buried in the mud and silt of volcanic ash. Minerals and other elements combine to create glimmering colors and a hard outer surface. Salvaging the petrified wood from the vacant tourist court and replicating the design in walls by the northern driveway, this 1999 development project provides citizens with a lasting reminder of an Austin icon, the Petrified Forest Lodge.
 
Location. 30° 18.656′ N, 97° 43.967′ W. Marker
Petrified Forest Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 11, 2014
2. Petrified Forest Lodge Marker
is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and West 45th Street, on the left when traveling south on Guadalupe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4413 Guadalupe Street, Austin TX 78751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elvira T. Manor Davis House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hyde Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wells-LaRue House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Austin State Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hodnette House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kopperl House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elisabet Ney (approx. half a mile away); Williams-Weigl House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Old postcard showing the lodge. (Submitted on March 11, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
 
Hyde Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, March 11, 2014
3. Hyde Park
Old Hyde Park marker included below historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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