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Petrified wood buildings featured in new book


A book signing and author's talk slated for 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street will discuss the use of petrified wood in Depression-era architecture.
Author and photographer Charles Garrett will sign copies of his book, "Stone-Tree Houses of Texas," which features a section on the museum. The book is available in the museum's gift shop.
Garrett spent more than eight years working on the book. "I got interested in this while doing some work on my own place," he said. "I was building a rock fence and I'd hired a mason who learned his craft from men erecting the rock-face buildings in downtown Fort Worth in the 1930s and '40s."
After learning about the Frontier Times Museum on the Internet, Garrett visited the museum in person about two years ago.
"Stone-Tree Houses of Texas" features historical photographs, newspaper clippings and even architectural notes and plans. This is Garrett's first book, and he is almost finished with his second work. It's also about artistic masonry, he said, with a focus on religious shrines and parks.

Pictured: The Petrified Forest Lodge in Austin is one of 70 structures made with petrified wood featured in the new book, "Stone-Tree Houses of Texas." Unfortunately, the motel was razed in 1991. Author Charles Garrett will discuss his book Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Frontier Times Museum.