Walking down Austin's 6th Street, we saw the eastern (Brazos Street) façade of the Driskill Hotel rising over its neighbors of the same era.
Using the funds he gained from serving in the Confederate Army, he bought the plot of land on the corner of 6th and Brazos for $7,500 and decided to build a grand hotel (at a cost of $400,000, including furnishings).
Less than two years later, he had to close shop. Over the next seven years, there were four other owners.
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