The Historic Round Rock Collection

The Historic Round Rock Collection: An Ongoing History

Contents | About | Acknowledgements

The Historic Round Rock Collection is a project documenting Round Rock’s history, funded in part with a grant from the Texas Historical Commission. These pages are adapted from the original 1991 print version.


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Chronological History:

The Early History:
The Tonkawa Indians
Kenney Fort
The Santa Fe Expedition
The Archives War

Old Town:
The Story of Old Town
Round Rock and the Chisholm Trail

Main Street:
Railroads of Round Rock
The Story of New Town
The Story of Sam Bass

Historic Places and Architecture:
Historic Architecture
Historical Markers
Downtown Historic District
Chisholm Trail Historic Sites

Government & Community Organizations:
The Political Structure of Round Rock
Growth and Demographics
Historic City Council Membership Lists

Oral Histories & Local Legends:
The Local Legend Award
Oral Histories in the Round Rock Public Library

Jukebox Collection:
A collection of newspaper accounts, stories, articles
and many other interesting and unique items.
Historic photos of Round Rock on Flickr
Round Rock Texas, 1913-1938
Round Rock, Texas, 1840-1965 (125 Years)
1916 Trinity College Catalogue



About the Historic Round Rock Collection

The Historic Round Rock Collection is the product of the Historic Preservation Commission’s Historic Round Rock Project: an Ongoing History, funded in part with a Certified Local Government grant from the Texas Historical Commission. The Collection supplements existing historical accounts of Round Rock and provides a medium for residents to share stories, accounts, and photos, and in the process encourages their documentation.


Special thanks to
Chamber of Commerce Staff
Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee
Noon Lions Club
Sons of the Republic #37
George McAdams, past HPC Chairman
Round Rock Leader
May & Lupe Kavanaugh
T.J. Amaro
Lorenzo Rubio
Edwin Burke
Councilman Earl Palmer
Ken England
Moody Texas Ranger Library
Linda Beebe
Kiwanis Club
…and the Citizens of Round Rock

Project Staff

Hugh Bender, AICP, Project Coordinator
Scott Brown, Graduate Researcher/Co-author
Kelly Kaak, Graduate Researcher/Co-author
Tine Good, Illustrations & photography
Vickie Moreno, Editing & layout
Mona Ryan, Editing & layout
Renee Daulong, GIS Maps
Judy Brandenberger, GIS Maps
Robert Brinkman, Layout


This project was funded in part through a Certified Local Government grant from the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, as administered by the Texas Historical Commission.  The contents and opinions, however, do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior or the City of Round Rock, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or City of Round Rock.

This program receives Federal funds from the National Park Service.  Regulations of the U. S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap.  Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U. S. Department of the interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, DC 20013-7127.