Lunch & Learn: Old Town/New Town

Several requests have been received for slides from the Lunch & Learn presentations about Old Town (9/13/22) and New Town (11/8/22), and for contact info for organizations referenced in discussion. These and other references about Round Rock history are posted below. For additional information about these presentations contact Kerstin Harding at kharding@roundrocktexas.gov.

The Lunch & Learn program is co-sponsored by Round Rock Preservation and the City of Round Rock Planning and Development Services Dept.  If you have an idea for a future Lunch & Learn contact Shirley Marquardt at roundrockpreservation50@yahoo.com.

Presentation slides:
Old Town slides (pdf)
New Town slides (pdf)

Organizations referenced in discussion:
Round Rock Preservation
Williamson County Historical Commission Cemetery Restoration Volunteers (facebook page)
Round Rock Cemetery Association
Williamson County Historical Commission

References:

  • Karen R. Thompson and Jane DiGesualdo. Historical Round Rock Texas. Nortex Press, a division of Eakin Publications, 1985.
  • Bob Brinkman. Images of America: Round Rock. Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
  • Clara Stearns Scarbrough. Land of Good Water, Takachue Pouetsu, A Williamson County , Texas, History. Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973.
  • Linda Scarbrough. Road, River, and Ol’ Boy Politics: a Texas County’s Path from Farm to Supersuburb. Texas State Historical Association, 2005.
  • University of North Texas Portal to Texas History www.texashistory.unt.edu
  • Morris L. Britton, “Military Road,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/military-road
  • Steven A. Brownrigg, “Cooke, William Gordon,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/cooke-william-gordon
  • Seymour V. Connor, “Harrell, Jacob M.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/harrell-jacob-m
  • Howard J. Erlichman. Camino del Norte: How a Series of Watering holes, Fords, and Dirt Trails Evolved into Interstate 35 in Texas. Texas A&M University Press, 2006.
  • Virginia Savage McAlester. A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture. Second Edition. Borzoi Books, 2014.
  • ___. The Chisholm Trail: Exploring the Folklore and Legacy. Texas Historical Commission, 2017.
  • ___. Sketch of Col. Cooke’s Military Road expedition from Red River to Austin. Articles from the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History Program, April 16, 2018. https://medium.com/save-texas-history/sketch-of-col-cookes-military-road-expedition-from-red-river-to-austin-d7f94016963d
Round Rock’s Old Town ca. 1900. Chisholm Trail Road bridge over Brushy Creek is in the center. The photo was taken from the top of the school building on College Hill, currently site of the Comfort Suites Inn.
1898 Spanish-American War parade on Round Rock’s Main Street
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