Texas Tourist Camp and Petrified Wood Gas Station, Decatur

It’s easy to travel down Hwy 287, Northwest of Fort Worth, and never know this little historical gem exist just off the town square in Decatur, but if you love roadside attractions, this is one you won’t want to miss!

According to the historical marker, in 1927, owner E. F. Boydston opened a campground for travelers, built a wooden gas station and in 1931 a few wooden cabins. In 1931 he built 3 cabins with garages and in 1935, he added 3 more cabins and the petrified wood facings. The gas station remained open until 1988.

Today the gas station serves as an office, but visitors can still stop to read the marker and take pictures of the buildings.

Petrified wood buildings became popular in the 1920’s, and there are numerous buildings adorned with it across North Texas, especially in Glen Rose.

A perfect day trip from Dallas/Fort Worth, visitors can visit the Whistle Stop Cafe next door, which serves up an amazing cheeseburger, too!

More To Do in Decatur


The LBJ National Grasslands offers amazing opportunities for camping and dispersed camping (camping not in a traditional campsite), hiking, and fishing.

Downtown Decatur has cute shops on the Wise County Courthouse Square!

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