Timeless Relic: Texas’ Pecan Grove RV Park
As Austin, Texas, has grown and changed in the past few years, so has the stretch of Barton Springs Road between South Lamar Boulevard and Zilker Park. New restaurants, including a microbrewery, have moved in to the popular restaurant row, as well as condominium and apartment developments.
Amid this changing landscape, however, is a relic of Austin’s past: the Pecan Grove RV Park.
“It’s a cultural icon,” said resident Jay Thomas of Pecan Grove, which dates back to the 1940s. “It’s the last beacon of a time almost forgotten in Austin.”
The Gilmer Mirror reported that Pecan Grove is where actor Matthew McConaughey once kept his Airstream trailer, although residents say he wasn’t actually around much. Word around the park also says that the owner is the family of a Saudi billionaire who attended the University of Texas, and that’s why Pecan Grove survives, while other RV parks on the road have been sold for development.
“I have heard anecdotally that the owners aren’t in any hurry to sell because they have plenty of money,” Thomas said. “But I’ve never met or talked to owners personally; I just have stories.”
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