Chronological History

The Historic Round Rock Collection: An Ongoing History

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; later additions have been made by staff. Recent Round Rock news is given in the News feature





(1) A league is 2.63 miles. Return to text

(2) Probably refers to Chandler Branch. Return to text

(3) The San Gabriel River. Return to text

(4) DiGesualdo and Thompson give the date as 1868, year the land was acquired by the Masons from Mary and Washington Anderson (458-459). Return to text

(5) Like much of the information surrounding Round Rock’s early schools, there is confusion as to the year Hardin graduated.  DiGesualdo and Thompson give the date as 1872 on page 460.  On page 121, they quote Hardin who said it was 1870.  Scarbrough agrees with Hardin. Return to text

(6) Some say his death was accidental. Return to text

(7) Includes information that was not in the original 1991 text of the Historical Round Rock Collection; added by Planning & Development Services Dept. staff in 2015.




“Black Rodeo Cowboy Honored.”  The Sunday Oklahoman.  December 5, 1971.

Carter, Katheryn Turner.  Stagecoach Inns of Texas.  Texian Press, Waco, Texas: 1972.

Catalogue of Trinity Lutheran College, Round Rock, Texas and Announcements for 1912-1913.

Dennis, Denise.  Black History for Beginners.  Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc. New York: 1984.

Eldon, Stephen B. (ed.)  The Handbook of Texas: A Supplement.  The Texas Historical Association, Austin, Texas: 1976.

Falconer, Thomas.  Letters and Notes on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition 1841-1842.  Dauber and Pine Bookshops, Inc., New York: 1930.

“Founding Georgetown Railroad in 1878 was Momentous Event.”  Williamson County Sun.  August 1, 1968.

Gard, Wayne.  The Chisholm Trail.  University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma: 1954.

Jones, William K.  “Notes on the History and Material Culture of the Tonkawa Indians.”  Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology.  Vol. 2, No. 5.  1969.

“Minutes of Round Rock Masonic Lodge No. 227.”  Carbon copy of transcription attached to a July 27, 1936 letter to Lota Spell signed “County Judge.”  In Round Rock Public Library unclassified files.

National Register of Historic Places, “Inventory and Nomination Form for the Captain Merrell House.”  1970.

Pool, William D.  A Historical Atlas of Texas.  Encino Press, Austin, Texas: 1975.

Round Rock City Council Minutes.  Various dates.

Scarbrough, Clara Stearns.  Land of Good Water, Takachue Pouetsu: A Williamson County, Texas History.  Williamson County Sun Publishers, Georgetown, Texas: 1973.

Scarbrough, Linda.  Road, River and Ol’ Boy Politics: A Texas County’s Path from Farm to Supersuburb.  Texas State historical Association, Austin, Texas: 2005.

“Some Early Williamson County History” in Frontier Times.  No date. Photocopy in Round Rock Public Library.  Article reprinted from Williamson County Sun (Georgetown) April 7, 1936.  Original W. K. Makemson.  Historical Sketch of First Settlement and Organization of Williamson County.  Sun Print, Georgetown, Texas.  1904.

Taylor, T. U.  The Chisholm Trail and Other Routes.  Printed for Frontier Times by the Maylor Co., San Antonio, Texas: 1936.

Thompson, Karen R. and Jane H. DiGesualdo. Historical Round Rock, Texas. Eakin Press, Austin, Texas. 1985.

Wallace, Jesse.  Old Texas Trails.  Eakin Press, Burnet, Texas.  1979.

Webb, Walter Prescott.  The Texas Rangers.  University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas: 1965.