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Report 1789: Spring Break in Central Texas

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Spring 2010

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Page 2 of 7: Sunday: The round rock at Round Rock

photo by Doug Phillips

Wagon wheel ruts from the Chisholm Trail baked into the stream-bed of Brushy Creek in Round Rock,Texas

Pretty quiet day - re-connecting with relatives or meeting each other for the first time. Out for a drive around the area in the early afternoon. There are a lot of cyclists along the roads - but then again this is Lance Armstrong's home turf. Wherever we go for the rest of the week we see people out cycling - just like in the south of France - most impressive.

We are staying a few miles north of Austin, based in Cedar Park, surrounded by the contiguous communities of Leander, Georgetown and Round Rock. There is not much to distinguish one community from another. The area consists of multi-lane divided highways, large commercial developments, roadside retail and outlet malls, several education complexes and many housing developments. The overall impression is newness. I suspect that this whole area has experienced tremendous growth at least since Michael Dell decided to locate his computer company in the small town of Round Rock.

Round Rock is also the community that has at least some distinguishing features. A short section of the original downtown area has been preserved and the namesake of the community is still in evidence. The name Round Rock was adopted from a table-shaped stone in the middle of Brushy Creek. It once marked an important low-water wagon crossing for Indians and early settlers. After the Civil War this crossing was part of the Chisholm Trail. Century-plus old wheel ruts baked into the dry creek bed are still very much in evidence. An interesting piece of American history.

Next: Off to San Antonio

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