Petrified Forest Lodge

Petrified Forest Lodge (HM1DCH)

Location: Austin, TX 78751 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 18.656', W 97° 43.967'

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(Timber Lodge)

In the 1930's, J.S. and Alta Woodard built one of Austin's 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 1990's, 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.
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceHotel
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 3:21am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621842 N 3353920
Decimal Degrees30.31093333, -97.73278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 18.656', W 97° 43.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 18' 39.3600" N, 97° 43' 58.0200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)512
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4501 Guadalupe St, Austin TX 78751, US
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In southwest corner of Walgreens at 4501 Guadalupe

Jun 29, 2017 at 8:27pm PDT by jcarmstrong74

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