Sept. 13 Lunch & Learn: Round Rock’s Old Town

Old Town of Round Rock ca. 1900. The Chisholm Trail Road bridge over Brushy Creek is in the centre. The photo was taken from the top of the school building on College Hill, where the Comfort Suites Inn is currently located.

The September 13 lunch and study, sponsored by Round Rock Preservation and the City Planning and Development Service, showcased the architecture and history of Old Town, Round Rock’s original settlement, which arose where a stagecoach route crossed Brushy Creek crossed. Several participants requested copies of slides and references, which are published below.
Slides in the old town (pdf)

Organizations referenced in the discussion:
preservation of the round rock
Williamson County Historical Commission Cemetery Restoration Volunteers Facebook page
Round Rock Cemetery Association

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Presentation references:

  • Karen R. Thompson and Jane DiGesualdo. Historic Round Rock Texas. Nortex Press, a division of Eakin Publications, 1985.
  • ___. The Chisholm Trail: exploring folklore and legacy. Texas Historical Commission, 2017.
  • ___. Sketch of Col. Cooke’s Military Road expedition from Red River to Austin. Article from the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History Program, April 16, 2018. -an-austin-d7f94016963d
  • Bob Brinkman. Images of America: Round Rock. Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
  • Morris L. Britton, “Military Road,” Texas Online HandbookRetrieved September 14, 2022,
  • Steven A. Brownrigg, “Cooke, William Gordon” Texas Online Handbookaccessed September 14, 2022,
  • Seymour V. Connor, “Harrell, Jacob M.” Texas Online Handbookaccessed September 14, 2022,
  • Howard J Erlichman. Camino del Norte: How a series of waterholes, fords, and dirt roads developed into Interstate 35 in Texas. Texas A&M University Press, 2006.
  • Virginia Savage McAlester. A Field Guide to American Homes: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding American Residential Architecture. Second edition. Borzoi Books, 2014.
  • Clara Stearns Scarbrough. Land of Good Water, Takachue Pouetsu, A Williamson County, Texas, History. Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973.
  • Linda Scarbrough. Street, River, and Ol’ Boy Politics: A Texas County’s Journey from Farm to Supersuburb. Texas State Historical Association, 2005.
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