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Austin White Lime

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McNeil Road
Austin Travis
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McNeil is now known as a part of Austin. But many years ago it was considered a community of its own, well outside of the boundaries of the state capital. Close to an important market in Austin, but then far enough away to inconvenience few people Austin White Lime set up shop to provide critical ingredients needed for a growing cities.

Austin White Lime continues to quarry limestone from the area, but the ruins of their past operations remain for all to see on McNeil Road. Numerous stone and some metal lime kilns cluster on a corner. Enveloped in vegetation, the overgrowth only serves to give the structures even more of an allure. It's not hard to imagine lost civilizations that were consumed by the natural forces that they temporarily, but always futilely, kept at bay.

Access to the site is questionable. I saw no "No Trespassing" signs at the kilns themselves and obviously individuals have made use of the area as a hangout given some of the trash there. Since the working business is right next door, it's best if check out the views from the road.


Photos

Ruins Austin White Lime's kilns resemble Mayan ruins in how they have been overrun by vegetation. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Kilns Unlike Taylor's Lime Kilns, the operation here at Austin White Lime contained a large number of kilns in a small area. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Base The holes at the base of the kiln show where the processed white lime would emerge. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Taylor Braces Note that the kilns include the cross braces that were patented by Taylor. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Open Base Unlike Taylor's kiln, the kilns here are not sealed up for safety, which provides for better understanding of what the insides looked like. (Photo by Austin Explorer) Different Type Not all of the kilns appear to have been built at the same time. This one behind the trees appears to contain more metal than rock or brick. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Two of the kilns View of two of the kilns from the road. (Photo by heatharcadia) What is it? I still had no idea what I was looking at, so I needed a closer look... (Photo by heatharcadia) A closer look I ignored the No Trespassing sign to get a closer look. At this point, I was getting a better idea of what I was looking at. (Photo by heatharcadia)
Inside of the kiln These remain unsealed, so I was able to get a pretty good view inside the old kiln. (Photo by heatharcadia) Pulley An old pulley system can still be seen on the side of the kiln. (Photo by heatharcadia)

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