Petrified Wood Gas Station in Decatur, TX
Made EXPLORE at #406 on October 26, 2009. Thanks so much and big hugs!!!
The Texas Tourist Camp and Petrified Wood Gas Station stand like relics from that by-gone era on the east side of Decatur, an old Chisholm trail town which used to be the site of the Decatur Baptist College which relocated to Dallas and is now Dallas Baptist University. The complex consisted of a gas station, five cabins, and a café. Today, only the café serves its original purpose. Petrified Gas Station built from local petrified wood. First neon lighted business in area. Local story has it that the infamous Bonnie and Clyde supposedly stayed for a few nights in one of the cabins in the Tourist Camp & Cabins behind the station. Since the Texas Tourist Camp didn't make guests sign a register, and the couple used the back roads into Dallas constantly, the claim may not be too far fetched.
For more info see: www.texasescapes.com/CentralTexasTownsNorth/DecaturTexas/... .