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.