Round Rock history

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A very faithful follower of the blog and frequent commenter….and friend to both of us from looong ago in high school….Judi Doty, observed that we were parked just outside Round Rock, Texas, and noted a couple points about its history.

Turns out the town’s main history is located a literal stone’s throw from I-35 along a stretch we had already traveled a dozen times!

It’s namesake, a large round rock, sits in a river at a point where early settlers, cattle drovers, and other travelers found a good place to cross at low water. The rock was such a distinctive marker for such an important purpose, that it became the focal point of local history. Jesse Chisholm was a cattle drover who established a commonly used trail (the Chisholm Trail) from south Texas to the cattle yards in Abilene, Kansas that used this crossing.

So many wagons used this site that their wheels carved ruts in the stone leading to the water!

5 thoughts on “Round Rock history

  1. With our Robert and Kathy, who live in Lake Jackson (southwest of Houston), we have visited many of the places you are seeing. If only you could stay till March and April, you could enjoy the vast fields of wildflowers.

  2. So glad you can share our fun!

    Madeline: we’re already making plans to return! We HAVE to be here in mid-November for the Formula 1 car race in Austin, sooooo staying until spring is unlikely! But we keep hearing about the bluebonnets, etc, and just gotta find a way to be here….

    Donna: we already have reservations at Petersburg COE campground in Georgia and Defeated Creek COE in Tennessee for next March and April. Maybe we can slip in a few days at Twin Lakes in between! Will let you know. Maybe a reunion there with you & Doug, and Todd & Donna!

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