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Bertram Store (now Clay Pit restaurant)

1602 Guadalupe St.

Bertram Store, circa 1872.

Clay Pit Restaurant

Rudolph Bertram arrived in Austin in 1853 and began a trading post. In 1880, he began a wholesale grocery business, saloon, and general store (first floor) that served Austin for decades. Living quarters were on the second floor. During the 1880s, the Treasury of the Capitol was stored in the wine cellar. The town of Bertram in Burnet County was named for Rudolph Bertram. The Bertram Store Building is a City of Austin Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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