Destination: Clarksville Historic District (Austin, Texas)
Located west of downtown Austin, the Clarksville Historic District is an eclectic mix of residences and small businesses. This portion of the city was settled in the 1870s by former slaves and is one of the oldest surviving Freedomtown settlements. The nearly one square mile district has 400 square foot houses from the early part of last century, neat-as-a-pin bungalows, Fabulous Fifties ranch homes, and an expanding stock of oversized new home construction. On West Lynn Street, the main commercial thoroughfare, one can find high-end restaurants, one of the best coffee houses in the city, and a locally owned pharmacy with a soda fountain and grill that could have served as a set for American Graffiti. The district also has the oldest continuously used firehouse dating from 1904 and a “moonlight tower” street light – one of seventeen in the city – dating from the 19th century.
(All photographs taken in Hipstamatic using Diego lens and Robusta film.)
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