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Hays Free Press April 28, 2010 NEWS Mr. City History: Celebrating its wild west days Continued from pg. 1A fight against Mexico for Texas independence. In 1846, after the Texas Rang- ers had been enlisted to drive out the Indians, Allen and his family successfully settled their land. When Hays County was formed two years later, Allen be- came one of the first commis- sioners and was active in local politics tmtil his death in 1860. Another early far00 was the Buntons. Tennessee native John Wheeler Bunton moved to Texas in the early 1930s, signed the Declaration of Texas Independence, and served on the first Texas legislature. Just after the Texas Revolu- tion, Bunton returned to Ten- nessee to marry his sweetheart, and brought back with him a company of 140 settlers for the new frontier. But while traveling by steamer from New Orleans to Texas, their ship was cap- tured by a Mexican man of war and the party was imprisoned in Mexico city for three days. According to historical lore, Bunton's smooth-talking wife, Mary Howell Bunton, con- vinced their captors that they were American citizens legally entering Texas under the colo- nization law granted by Mexico to Stephen E Austin. After their release, the Bun- tons continued on to Mountain Ci, where they built their "Rancho Rambolette" and be- gan to farm and raise a family. Other early settlers included families such as theVaughans, Bartons, Barbers, Porters, Moores, Rectors and Turners. The Texas population began to grow rapidly in the 1850s, and Mountain City was no ex- ception. By the 1850s, the small farming and ranching commu- nity was starting to thrive, with schools, churches, busInesses, mills and gins. In 1855, the community built its first school, Live Oak Academ with a professor Gibson as the first teacher, followed by John The satellite communities of Elm Grove and ,Science Hall, near the sites of the recently- constructed schools by the same names, also had schools and small commemial center 1855 also saw the formation of the first house of worship, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Baptist and Methodist churches followed in the 1870s. Along with the churches came the Chicago bar, located on the southern end of Moun- tain City, near the present day location of Wallace Middle School. Col. W.W. Haupt, who came to Mountain City in 1957, opened a store around the loca- tion of the current Hays High School that became home to the Mountain City post office; he also served as postmaster. Two other prominent stores, run by Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Barber, were located about a mile north. The civil war era saw a popu- lation boom, and many young men of Mountain City served in the 32 nd Cavalry regiment under Col. P.C. Woods and Capt. ].G. Story. But much like the small towns of the 1940s that would wither when bypassed by the interstate, Mountain City's fate depended on the railroad com- ing to town. For isolated communities at the mercy of the slow stage- coach line for communication with the world at large, the rail- mad was truly a life-changing development, bringing mail service, trade, and connections with the bustling cities of Austin and San Antonio. The fight for a depot was Longtime Mt. City mayor Phil Wilbur with a community project in 1994. fierce, and the family of State Senator Fergus Kyle, living in the Blanco River area south of Mountain City, had the political connections to get the tracks laid through their neck of the woods, bypassing Mountain City to the east. The Kyle family deeded 200 acres to the International-Great Northern Railroad, securing their place in history as found- ers of a town that would bear their name. From that moment on, Mountain City's days were numbered. "Who is to blame that a depot is not located here? Ah, that is the question," lamented a Mountain City newspaper columnist in the San Marcos Free Press in 1880. "Surely any man can see that a large and growing community like this of Mountain City, Science Hall and Elm Grove, to say nothing of the country up Onion and Dripping Springs, should have a depot." Their loss of the railroad wasn't for want of trying. Haupt had deeded 100 acres of land to the railroad, along with more land by the Breedlove, Barton and Barber families, the colum- nist noted. "Not until a few weeks ago did these gentleman learn that the railroad company knew nothing of the deeds, though they were made to their agent in the presence of the county clerk," the columnist wrote. "what was done with them?" As the fledgling railroad towns of Buda and Kyle sprang to life in the early 1880s, the residents of Mountain City began their exodus. Mountain City quickly dried up. Local schools hung on through the early 1930s, the only hint that the area had once been the regional center of commerce. For almost a centaur, the old Mountain City reverted to a stretch of pretty rural land at the gateway of the Hill Coun until Texas's population boom began to slowly push residents back into the region. The first resurgence came when the Buda and Kyle school districts made the controversial decision to consolidate in 1969, and picked Mountain City as the site for a new high school based on its position midway between the two towns. In the late 1970s, the first homes were constructed in the City of Buda staff invites you to "Meet and Greet" our newest staff members Mayor Lane, councilmembers, and City Manager Kenneth W'dliams invites the residents of Buda to a "Meet and Greet" on Thursday, April 29, 2010 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Comfort Suites located on the east side of IH35 in Buda. Residents will have an opportunity to meet our newest staff members Chris Ruiz, Finance Director, Alisha Burrow, Tourism Director, Be Kidd, Chief of Police, Brian LaBorde, Assistant City Manager/ City Planner, Melinda Hedges, Library Director, and Jack Jones, Parks and Recreation Director. They all look forward to working with the City of Buda residents. Refreshments will be served. Come give them a "Big Buda Welcome"! HAYS FREE PRESS FInF PHOTO (left) helps Scotty Fisher (on ladder) Mountain City Oaks subdivi- sion, an upper middle class neighborhood sitting on top the nearly-forgotten ranching community that had bom the same name. Hays County Justice of the Peace Beth Smith moved into the sixth house built in the new subdivision in 1979. In the 1980s, the city of Austin was aggressively annexing land into its extraterritorial jurisdiction, and the small subdivision felt a target on their backs. 'ustin was dosing in. on all sides, so we incorporated to avoid that," Smith said. "I believe we did exactly the right thing at the right time." Smith served as the first mayor of the new city from 1984 to 1998. "We held our first council meeting inVem and Lynda Meyers' dining room," Smith recalled with a laugh. "We had city council meetings there for probably ten years." The city council later moved their city hall into a small I I andare completing renovations entrance of r that will serve as headquarters. 1990 Mountain City's , and by the census, it had risen to 671. it's in excess of 700, ac- to census estimates. r of the new residents shady commu- , land that it occupies. local histori- Free Press whose ,has lived on the same r for t generations. are no in cny ust west of Mountain City the start of the Hill Country, rolling topography scenic views of the land. fills, sure. But mountains? : by a long shot. but of the name is lost in history. 've never seen an explana- ," said Hays Free Press lisher Bob Barton, whose , was one of the original books credit postmaster . Haupt for coining the name , he chose it. area residents have bop from Mountain City, But that commu- not change its name to ntain City until 1885, while County community already a ghost town at to- ' of the hill county was enough for some settlers justified the title of Or coming 3 they were pokilg fun at own home.  may even hav. been in Barton said. ?, ii LAW 0FFIGE OF Fanfil T Law Mediator .*Col]aboratit Law Attorat? (512) 3002-0904 9o6 CanyonWren Drive Buda, Texas The Quality Care Your Pet Needs at Prices You Can Afford! LOW COST PET VACCINATIONS TM Held in front of H-E-B TM 1 il-IB.ll * Jillln 6607 S IH-35 @ Wm. 9 am - 11 am H-rrll C.awiwk Comerof Hwy 183 & 1431 9 am - 11 am 2 * Austin @ Wm. Cannon 1 pm - 2:30 pm it-IV! Iuslrvt 201 N FM 685 1 pm - 2:30 pm Heartworm Test only $5 w/negstive results & purchase of a year's supply of heartworm preventative. 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I i I ] NOTI(2E O F GENERAL ELECTION (AVIS D E ELECCION GENERAL) T(;ltheRot:gnSeef::,.sV:ted:: Od:lt:C; :,itdYdoa,f e KKYI:: TeTexXasS.; Notice is hereby given that the polli 2010 for voting in a General Elecl Council Member District 3 and Cot (Notifiquese, per la presente, que lc S6bado, 8 de mayo 2010 para votar Miembro del Consejo de Distrito 1. elegidos de la ciudad en general.) ng places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, ion to elect a Council Member District 3 and a Council Member District 1. The eil Member District 1 will be elected from the City at large. casillas electorales citadas abajo, estar6n abiertas de 7:00 am a 7.'00 pm el en la Elecci6n General para elegir a un miembro del Consejo de Distrito 3, y un Los miembros del Consejo de Distrito 3 y Miembro del Consejo de Distrito 1 ser6n LOCATION(S) OF POLLIPIG PLACES: (DIRECCION(ES) DE LAS CASII LAS ELECTORALES) Precinct (Precinto) 221: Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler Crossing, Kyle TX Precinct (Precinto) 223: Precincts (Precintos) 127 and 227: Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center, Kyle, TX Fire Station #2, 150 Bunton Rd, Kyle, TX Early voting by personal appea rance will be conducted each weekday at: (La votacidn adelantada en persona se llevar a cabo de lunes a viernes en:) " April 26, 2010 Kyle City Hall. 100 W Center Kyle, TX 7:00AM-7:OOPM April 27, 2010 Kyle City Hall. 1 O0 W Center Kyle, TX 8:00AM-5:OOPM April 28, 2010 Kyle City Hall 100 W. 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