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The Bullhead Inn


This is an advertisement for the Bullhead Inn from the November, 1933 Austin Telephone Directory


The earliest restaurant in the Copperfield area known to me is a steakhouse called the Bullhead Inn. The Bullhead Inn was located on what is now a vacant shrub-covered spot about a hundred feet south of Yager and about three hundred feet or so east of North Lamar. Note: I have not yet identified the exact location.
On May 15 and 25, 2000, Mr. Luther Fox of Austin was interveiwed regarding his memory of the Bullhead Inn. His remarks have been combined and condensed here.
The owners of the BullHead Inn were named Bull. The owner Mr. Bull once told my grandfather, H. N. Dillingham, that Bonnie and Clyde had stopped and eaten at his restaurant. I am a witness to him telling this to my father. I was there . . . . I think Mr. Bull said that he saw Bonnie and Clyde go into Dillingham Pasture one night. They may have camped out in Dillingham Pasture*. It's a secluded place. There was a lot of thick cedar trees in there.
The location of the Bullhead Inn was a little back of the building there [most likely Titus Electric]. A fence line ran just east of the little building. It was along that fence line a little south of where those buildings are [buildings on Yager Lane]. They had a house there next to the BullHead Inn. The Bullhead Inn was east of the house and right against the fence. An old lane went down to that house.
I was only four or five years old when I was in that restaurant. I think it was a medium-sized restaurant, and they had a patio for use in the summer.
The place burned down in the 1930s . . . . You may see an abandoned road near the site that has been gated off. That is the old Highway #2.


*Dillingham Pasture: Mr. Fox explained Dillingham Pasture as follows: "On North Lamar you will see an old motor court. Alongside that motor court is an old road called Dillingham Lane. It was named after my grandfather. Right on that road and extending to where the new apartments now are was Dillingham Pasture. Dillingham Pasture was a place where, starting in the late 20s, church groups would come for picnics. Later student groups from UT would come there. We closed off Dillingham Pasture in 1940 because people would come and pull up fence posts to start fires, and they would start fires in the wrong places. Part of I35 later ran over Dillingham Pasture."

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