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Armadillo World Headquarters


Saturday January 17th, 2015 10:00AM

Burley Auction Gallery 134 Deborah Drive New Braunfels, Texas

Burley Auction Gallery is proud to present the Eddie Wilson Collection of early Texas beer signs, neon signs, country store, advertising, & Austin Texas music memorabilia, & more. Eddie Wilson is the owner of Threadgill's restaurants & founder of the famed Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. This lifelong collection includes a museum quality collection of concert posters & Austin music memorabilia, Janis Joplin items, Austin Texas memorabilia, historic items, a fine collection of early Texas beer signs, Lone Star, Shiner, Pearl, Southern Select, & Grand Prize Beer neon signs, railroad items, country store collection country store display cases, Sherer seed counter, counter top display cases, rare Jacob's Candy Display case, porcelain signs, antiques, & much more. Please make plans to join us. Complete online catalog available here Online Catalog Digital Catalog live online bidding

Preview Friday January 16th Noon-6:00 & Saturday 8:00AM-10:00AM Auction start.

Floyd Domino will be playing from 9:00AM-10:00AM Auction start.

The Armadillo World Headquarters Auction was a HUGE success. Thank you to Eddie & Sandra Wilson and all those involved.


Moody Anderson's

The Grove, Texas


APRIL 23rd, 24th, & 25th, 2010

 The Grove Was Founded in 1859, & The The Downtown Business District of The Grove Was Purchased in 1972 by Moody Anderson. Moody Spent Nearly 40 Years Filling His Country Life Museum To The Ceiling. The Museum Includes A Fully Stocked Country Store, Complete Bank With Teller Cage & Vault, Post Office (Decommissioned in 1996), Dentist Office, Saloon, & Blacksmith's Shop, All Fully Stocked. The Contents Will Be Auctioned Off By The Piece To The Highest Bidder At Public Auction April 23rd, 24th, & 25th By Burley Auction Group. The Real Estate Will Be Offered At Auction Saturday at 12:00 Noon. The Thousands Of Antiques That Fill This Museum Town To The Brim & Took Nearly 40 Years To Collect Will All Be Sold Over Three Days. Includes A Fully Stocked Country Store, Advertising & Signs, Display Cases, Counters, Taxidermy Mounts, Movie Props That Were Used In Lonesome Dove, Second Hand Lions, The Alamo, & Other Movies Filmed In Texas, Blacksmith Shop Full Of Blacksmith & Wheelwright Tools, Wagons, Saloon Bar & Back Bar, Gambling Wheels, Domino Tables, & More! The Town Has Been Featured In Numerous Magazines Including Texas Highways. Please Make Plans To Join Us On Site At The Grove Texas. 10%BP TX#15184. The Online Catalog Is For Preview Purposes Only. Sorry, No Online Bidding Or Detailed Descriptions. Please Make Plans To Join Us. The Grove is the liveliest "Ghost Town" in Texas. The Town Is Listed In The Smithsonian As A Museum Town. Documentary Film Maker Lori Najvar of Polkaworks Will Be Doing A Full Length Documentary On This Uniquely American Event. Please Make Plans To Join Us At The Grove, Texas & Be Part of the Filming of This Once In A Lifetime Event.



THE GROVE, TEXAS. The Grove is on Farm Road 1114 just off State Highway 36, sixteen miles southeast of Gatesville in eastern Coryell County. It was established about 1859 and named for the grove of live oak trees in which it is situated. At one time the settlement was called Morrison Grove. By the late 1860s the community had two general stores, a mill, and a gin. A group of Wendish settlers arrived at The Grove in 1870 and added their Lutheran church to the Baptist, Methodist, Disciples, and Presbyterian churches already there. The post office opened in 1874 with J. B. Coleman as postmaster. In the mid-1880s the community had three general stores, two groceries, and a population of 150; area farmers shipped cotton, hides, and grain. By 1900 The Grove was one of the most prosperous towns in the county. It had a two-teacher school with sixty students in 1904, and a Lutheran school opened there in 1908. Was home of the Austin Doolittle Rodeos In The 1920's & 30's.  The community began to decline in the 1940s, when it was bypassed by State Highway 36. Some area farmers were forced to relocate when Fort Hood was established in the early 1940s, and others lost land when the Belton dam was built in 1953. Improvements in transportation and consolidation of agriculture also contributed to the community's decline. The public school at The Grove closed in 1948, and students were bussed to schools in other communities. The Lutheran school continued to operate until 1962 but was then closed for lack of students. The population of The Grove, reported as 150 in the 1940s, fell to 140 in the 1950s and 1960s, and by 1970 to sixty-five, where it remained through 2000. A church and several businesses marked the community on county highway maps in the 1980s. The Grove business district which consists of the country store, bank, dentist office, post office, saloon, & blacksmith shop was purchased in 1972 & has been converted into a museum. Mr. Anderson hosted live music jamborees through the 1990s. The post office was officially decommissioned in 1996. The contents of the downtown business district & real estate will be auctioned off April 23rd, 24th, & 25th 10:00AM by the Burley Auction Group.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: T. Lindsay Baker, Ghost Towns of Texas (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986). Coryell County Genealogical Society, Coryell County, Texas, Families, 18541985 (Dallas: Taylor, 1986). John J. Germann and Myron Janzen, Texas Post Offices by County (1986). Zelma Scott, History of Coryell County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1965).

We are actively seeking estates, collections, & select consignments for upcoming Auctions. Please email digital photos & details to robb@burleyauction.com or call 830-237-3440 for a no obligation auction consultation.


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