|On Marcy's Trail
|This petrified wood abode in Stoneburg, Montague County, Texas is also faced with chunks of molten, green glass. I am not sure about the
original use of this beautiful building. Stoneburg's downtown burned during a rash of grass fires in 2009, so this is one of the village's last
physical ties to the past.
|Built in the 1920s, the Texas Tourist Camp and Cafe in Decatur, Texas was faced with petrified wood. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were
supposedly customers of this unique roadside motel. The rooms and attached garages of the Texas Tourist Camp in Decatur offered the visitor
a "fortified" stay.
|Zoom Zooms, a smoke and beer shop located off of Locust Street in
Denton, was once a full-service gas station. Errected in the late 1920s,
the building is almost completely made up of petrified wood.
|Detail of Zoom Zoom's "wooden" construction. Here's the quandary -
on fire insurance maps, is this building listed as "wooden," "cement,"
or "stone?" Ha ha, don't answer that.
|A stump used as part of a motor lodge/ gas station near Jacksboro.
This is the largest petrified log I have ever seen. (Yes, that's a
|This motor lodge/gas station northwest of Jacksboro has been faced
with lots of fossilized stone, sandstone blocks, and even oyster shells.
Now abandoned, this place used to entice travelers with its architectural
wonders. Look, there's a voodoo cross on the door. Wooga wooga.
|On US 380 west of Jacksboro sits an abandoned motor lodge that doesn't just use petrified wood for its building material, but also silica and glass
(those are the aqua blocks that you see- heated sands and clays that are used for glass manufacturing naturally harden into this beautiful hue).
|According to historians, Marcy's "chrystallized cottonwoods" were found
on the prairie surrounding today's Alvord. Not many structures in Alvord
sport the petrified wood, but I did find this old building - motel? - attached
to a florist shop.
|Flora and fauna fossils in Ardmore, Oklahoma; Tolar, Texas; and Handley, Texas.
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