Hays King Room

This second floor King Room has a large sitting area in front of the fireplace, desk and an enormous bathroom with whirlpool bath and double shower with a view. It is in the North building of the main Inn complex with sweeping views to the North over the 2,000 acre Austin open space watershed and is conveniently located to all the amenities at the main inn.

Other room amenities include satellite TV, DVD player, free wireless Internet access, and a selection of complimentary Texas beverages including sodas and locally bottled water & sparkling water.

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Namesake Story

Jack Hays was born in Little Creek, Wilson County, Tenn. on February 28, 1817 and came to Texas in 1836. He was instrumental in effecting peace for the new republic. Hays was a Captain in the Texas Rangers, commissioned by President Sam Houston in 1837. He introduced the Colt revolver to the Rangers and is said to be the most famous Ranger of them all. Later in 1846 he was commissioned a Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Texas Mounted Troops and was given a hero’s welcome in Washington where he saw the President following the capture of Monterrey in the Mexican War. Jack Hays, the man for whom Hays County, Texas is named, married Susan Calvert of Seguin, Texas on April 29, 1844. Hays turned down an offer to run for governor of Texas. He left Texas in June, 1849, to guide a caravan to California. He became a sheriff in San Francisco. In June, 1853, he was appointed as U.S. Surveyor General of California leaving that position in 1859, to devote himself full-time to developing the Vincente Paralti Spanish grant he purchased, now the site of the city of Oakland, California. He gave land for the courthouse, a school and three parks. He later became one of the founders of Union Savings Bank. Having accumulated great wealth, Hays built one of the most palatial homes in Alameda County, California. Jack Hays died April 21, 1883, noting that it was San Jacinto Day. Recently the Hay Historical Commission filmed a documentary on Jack Hays for the Texas public school system. The film which can be found amoung our DVD selections was filmed and edited by our assistant innkeeper Don Hauk.

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