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Relocation of Round Rock’s Old Stage Coach Inn is a Labor of Love for Locals

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Over the years, a reputation has grown amongst engineers and contractors with respect to the precision and expertise that’s required for the entire moving of a structure from its original home to a new place altogether. A number of historic and fragile buildings have found second purposes as a direct result of our interest in preserving and relocating them. And, we take great pride in our past and history enough that we want to play integral roles in preserving pieces of America’s architectural history, not to mention those of Texas, and so, we relish the saving of a building from demolition through such work. Preserving something for posterity is also an honor that many in the Texas Hill Country are pleased to be a part of, and such is the case for the Old Stage Coach Inn, located in Round Rock.

Known as one of the oldest and best preserved of all the old stagecoach stops in Texas, construction on this building was completed in 1853. The town of Round Rock was actually called Brushy at the time and the stage from Brownsville to Salado, which carried passengers and mail once a week, passed through town and made a stop at the Inn. Using rocks which were taken from the very hill on which it stood, the Inn was built by its original owner over a century ago. And, now, more than 160 years later, the town of Round Rock is in the process of having the building relocated.

In a telephone interview with Jim Tucker, Round Rock resident and volunteer historian with respect to the Old Stage Coach Inn, the building was originally slated to be demolished. Tucker shot and edited the video above at the request of the Round Rock Preservation Group, who had started a very public campaign to save the building on hearing the word that the original plan was to completely destroy it. It stood in the path of development, in particular, the expansion of RM 620. But, to demolish this piece of Round Rock’s past would mean the loss of something that was a huge contributing factor to the development of the town itself. In an interview with KXAN back in February of 2017, Brad Wiseman, director of Planning and Development Services for Round Rock, identified that the Inn was, “…a huge contributing factor to the Chisolm Trail in the early growth of the city, which was originally called the Town of Brushy.”

Relocation of Round Rock’s Old Stage Coach Inn is a Labor of Love for Locals

Photo: Facebook/Save the Round Rock, TX Old Stage Coach Inn

Shirley Marquardt, contact for the Round Rock Preservation Group, also provided a phone interview to the Texas Media Group, in which she noted that upon hearing that demolition of the Old Stage Coach Inn was a possibility, the group began a Change.org campaign through which it garnered over 1,000 signatures to take to the Round Rock Mayor and City Council in an effort to draw attention to saving the facility in some fashion. Due to the immense public outpouring for the Inn, the council determined to do a feasibility study to determine whether physically moving the building was indeed a viable alternative. The study found that it was, and the city agreed to relocate the Inn. At present, the decision is to transport the Inn to a new foundation (anticipated to be in place by the end of February) which will be along the Chisholm Trail Road, north of Brushy Creek. The Round Rock Preservation Group is currently in the process of raising funds to continue the building’s preservation and they are also working in partnership with the Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail for the purpose of facilitating a living history program out of the Old Stage Coach Inn, complete with a director’s office, new volunteers, and the potential for added full-time staff as more of the public and school students make their way through the facility for the program.

Relocation of Round Rock’s Old Stage Coach Inn is a Labor of Love for Locals

Photo: Facebook/Save the Round Rock, TX Old Stage Coach Inn

In the meantime, Round Rock residents such as Jim Tucker, who joined the Facebook group titled Save the Round Rock, TX Old Stage Coach Inn, have continued to take a strong interest in the area’s past. Tucker, who has studied the building and its history over the last five years, jumped at the opportunity to film its exterior and provide appropriate wide shots and close-ups for posterity upon request for a volunteer by the group. Having prior professional experience in photography, filming, and editing, he accompanied the video with “The Last Cowboy Song” by Ed Bruce, in an effort to pay homage to Round Rock’s olden days and a history in the Texas Hill Country that won’t often be found in today’s text books.