Granite for the State Capitol

Granite for the State Capitol (HMH85)

Location: Austin, TX 45431 Williamson County
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N 30° 30.257', W 97° 47.084'

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In the 1880s, the arrival of the railroad helped develop western Williamson County and contributed to the construction of a new state capitol. When quarried limestone proved deficient for the new statehouse, contractors chose granite from Burnet County outcroppings. The Austin and Northwestern Railroad, which ran through this area and established Brueggerhoff (Cedar Park) and Leander, extended to the Granite Mountain quarry site in 1885. More than 4,000 flatcars passed through here in 1886-87, carrying the large blocks of pink granite to Austin. Three dozen blocks that tumbled off the tracks were left in the creekbed, since the state obtained its building stone free of charge. The Texas State Capitol was completed in 1888.
HM NumberHMH85
Marker Number14310
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 4:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 616616 N 3375294
Decimal Degrees30.50428333, -97.78473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 30.257', W 97° 47.084'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 30' 15.42" N, 97° 47' 5.04" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 208 Brushy Creek Regional Trail, Austin TX 45431, US
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