Texas Tourist Camp Complex Historical

Texas Tourist Camp Complex Historical (HM1WZ3)

Location: Decatur, TX 76234 Wise County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 13.724', W 97° 34.726'

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Local businessman E.F. Boydston (1888-1945) purchased this site, a former feed lot, in 1927 for $400. Recognizing a potential business opportunity in offering services to the traveling public, he built a wooden shed and gas station in 1927. Travelers were allowed to build campfires during overnight stays, and by 1931 Boydston added three wooden cabins with garages to the camp complex. The buildings later were faced with rock, and more cabins and garages were added in 1935. The original wooden gas station was covered with petrified wood in 1935 when the highway was widened and remained in operation by the Boydston family until 1988.

The Texas Lunchroom, a one-room frame building, was built in 1929. Renamed the Texas Cafe in 1935 and faced with stone to match other buildings in the complex, it was enlarged to provide second-floor living quarters. Popular with local high school and college students, as well as families and the traveling public, it was closed in the 1960s after a highway bypass built west of town diverted traffic from this area. The cafe reopened in 1993. One of the few intact examples of tourist camps built throughout Texas in the mid-20th century, this property is significant for its association with the early development of automobile tourism.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995
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HM NumberHM1WZ3
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Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 1:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 632427 N 3677544
Decimal Degrees33.22873333, -97.57876667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 13.724', W 97° 34.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 13' 43.44" N, 97° 34' 43.56" W
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Area Code(s)940, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 US-287 BUS, Decatur TX 76234, US
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