Petrified Wood Buildings in Texas
In the late 1920’s, several Texan cities, including Austin, Huntville and Stephenville, began using petrified wood as a decorative building material. However, if someone were to name a Petrified Wood Capital of Texas, the town of Glen Rose would win hands down.
Glen Rose, Texas is the Petrified Wood Leader
In its hey-day, Glen Rose had at least 65 buildings constructed out of locally harvested petrified wood. Of these, roughly 40-something remain. The one at the top of this post is known as Sycamore Grove. During the Prohibition Era it served as a speakeasy and gas station. (Oh, if those walls could talk!) Back then, even the local chamber of commerce called the town, “Petrified City.” For more information on visiting Glen Rose, Texas, check out my post: Glen Rose Texas – DinosaursGalore and Much, Much, More!
Decatur, Texas has a Petrified Wood Cafe & Tourist Camp
Nearly 100 miles north of Glen Rose, up in Decatur, Texas another crop of petrified wood buildings sprouted up. Although Decatur never built as many petrified wood buildings as Glen Rose, it is still worth a day trip to check out the Historic Petrified Wood Tourist Camp & Gas Station in Decatur, Texas as you can see in my post and photos on the topic.
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This was my post for the letter P of the A to Z blogging challenge. Tune in tomorrow to see what quirky Texan thing the letter Q will bring!
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