Portable History Displays

Planning and Development Services has developed five banners to serve as portable history displays and one for a specific historic property. Source information for each of the banners is provided below. To find out more information about the banners or to borrow them for an event contact Principal Planner Joelle Jordan at jjordan@roundrocktexas.gov

Round Rock History Series

Early Round Rock: “Old Town”

Early Round Rock: “Old Town” banner (pdf)

The Railroad Brings a “New Town”

The Railroad Brings a “New Town” (pdf)

  • Round Rock original plat- Williamson County Clerk
  • I&GN Train Depot- University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu
  • Nelson Hardware Building- staff files
  • Anderson-Nelson Building- Martin Parker
  • Blacksmith on Main- UNT Portal to Texas History https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth182607/?q=round%20rock%20blacksmith
  • Sam Bass gang- Thompson, Karen R., 2002, Round Rock, Texas: From Cowboys to Computers.
  • Spanish American War Parade- photo from Martin Parker
  • Sandborn map from Library of Congress

Highway Development and Suburbanization

Highway Development and Suburbanization (pdf)

  • Adams Motor Court sketch- from postcard found in staff files
  • Baylor team, plaque, and bus crash from Thompson, Karen R., 2002, Round Rock, Texas: From Cowboys to Computers
  • Henna sign from staff files
  • Domino players from staff files
  • I-35 NB from UNT Portal to Texas History
  • US 79 from UNT Portal to Texas History

Economic Development in the 20th-21st Century banner coming soon

Historic Landmarks

Banner on Display

Washington Anderson House “El Milagro”

The Washington Anderson House portable history display is located at the Chamber of Commerce offices at 900 Heritage Center Circle. Washington Anderson’s House was one of Round Rock’s first, completed in 1859. The display highlights how Anderson earned land grants for his service in the Texas Revolution and the role he played in establishing his business, Williamson County, the county’s first college, and the New Town of Round Rock. Click here to view the Washington Anderson House banner.

The Preservation Office has also created a booklet about the Washington Anderson House

Mary and her great-granddaughter Mabel Taylor at their home on Brushy Creek. Photo from Historical Round Rock Texas (1985) by Karen R. Thompson and Jane H. DiGesualdo.

Washington Anderson. Photo from the San Jacinto Museum.

Photo of Mary from Round Rock, Texas: From Cowboys to Computers (2002), Karen R. Thompson.

Photo of Chloe from Historical Round Rock Texas (1985), Karen R. Thompson & Jane H. DiGesualdo.

UNT Portal to Texas History.

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