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April 2016

Found 4 blog entries for April 2016.

What happened to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Quick? Confederate army veteran Jacob Quick and his wife, Mary Quick, flourished in Dripping Springs after the Civil War.  But the youngest of their 11 children, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Quick, came to a tragic end at age 20. The young woman from “the sticks” was lured to the “big city” of Austin by a “traveling salesman.”  He forced her into a life of prostitution.  The story goes that Lizzie’s father repeatedly went to Austin to bring her home, but each time, the young pimp would come back to get her. One story tells that upon hearing Lizzie’s father was once gain coming to retrieve his daughter, the young man shot and killed Lizzie, for which he was reportedly convicted and hanged.  Another version is that young Lizzie

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New York and Los Angeles have long been the top luxury real estate markets in the country. But when it comes to growth, Texas is now tops.

According to the latest Luxury Market Report from Coldwell Banker Previews, Austin, Texas, was the country's No. 1 city last year for sales growth of homes priced at $1 million or more.lake austin

Coldwell credited the city's boom in technology, entertainment and education for its 32 percent increase. That boost translated into 694 million-dollar homes being sold.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ranked second, with growth of 31 percent and 789 total million-dollar homes being sold. It was followed by Seattle, with a 30 percent rise to 979 million-dollar homes, and Atlanta, which saw a 21 percent increase and sold 1,140

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Austin has been named one of the most educated cities in America. 

Personal finance website ValuePenguin looked at key metrics across four categories to rank 200 U.S. cities, and Austin is No. 6. That's pretty smart. 

The Capital City ranks No. 16 for attainment, or the highest level of education earned by the 25-and-older population. In Austin, 26.4 percent have a bachelor's degree (well above the national average of 18 percent), while 14 percent have gone on to attain a master's degree or higher. 

That high level of attainment is likely related to Austin's high-quality education. We take the No. 22 spot for the quality of education at primary and secondary schools all the way up to local universities (that should come as no surprise to

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The Driftwood Cemetery lies up the road from Camp Ben McCulloch.  There are at least eight Civil War veterans buried at this historic Texas sight next to the Driftwood United Methodist Church.  On one of the gravesite markers, John Morris (1834-1910), it indicates he received a land grant from the newly liberated Republic of Texas, and may also have fought for Texas independence.  Other markers show he later served as a Confederate soldier.  There are numerous graves throughout Driftwood, Henly, and Dripping Springs that show local residents who came from other states and countries to settle the area.

After the Civil War, many survivors who had left to fight for the Confederacy returned to the area. Confederate veteran Capt. M.L. Redd, of Henly, was

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