A Guide to the Charles A. Zilker Item, 1880-1884
A native of Indiana, Charles A. Zilker moved to Austin, Texas, in 1880. Shortly after his arrival, Zilker relocated to San Antonio, where he worked as an ice manufacturer. In 1882, he moved with his brother, Andrew J. Zilker, to Brownsville, where they managed a Boyle ammonia-compression machine at an ice plant owned by entrepreneur Richard King. After returning to Austin in 1884, Zilker founded ice plants in both Austin and San Antonio, which he later sold in 1928 for $1 million.
Woolrich, Willis R. and Charles T. Clark. "Refrigeration."Handbook of Texas Online. March 16, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dqr01.
Comprised of a typescript of a narrative, the Charles A. Zilker Item, 1880-1884, chronicles Zilker’s career in the refrigeration business. The narrative entitled "Sixty Years of Ice: A Brief Historical Resume of the Pioneer Days of the Artificial Ice Industry in Southern Texas," discusses the operation of ice plants and machinery in both Austin and San Antonio.
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Charles A. Zilker Item, 1880-1884, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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