Day Tripping around Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs finds itself in the unique position of having economic development committees within both the city as well as the chamber of commerce. 

"We are fortunate in Dripping Springs to enjoy a very collaborative partnership oriented relationship between our chamber of commerce, elected officials, staff leadership and city-appointed volunteer groups like the Dripping Springs Economic Development Committee," said Patrick Rose, chair of the city's EDC.

Dave Edwards, chair of the chamber's EDC, said "The two EDC's work very well together with the city taking the lead on large infrastructure issues and the chamber on other issues.  We all sit in on each other's meetings."

The goal of both can best be summed up by the mission statement of the

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Peyton Colony, just south of Henley, was found by a former slave?  Peyton Roberts was born into slavery in Virginia in 1820 on the plantation of William Roberts.  After gaining his freedom after the Civil War, Peyton led other formerly enslaved families by wagon to the Texas Hill Country.  They built cabins on public land, which later became known as Peyton Colony.  They farmed and raised livestock.  The community built the Peyton Colony School, which was isolated from the surrounding communities by culture and race throughout its history of operation from 1877 to 1963.  The heart of the Peyton Colony was and still is Mount Horeb Baptist Church. A freedman named Jack Burch established the church in 1874.  He pitched a tent for the first meeting.  Land for

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Did you ever wonder how the town of Driftwood got its name?  As the area developed, so did civil oversight.  Boundaries for a new town called Liberty Hill were drawn up and approved by the Hays County Court of Commissioners and a county judge in 1891.  But it was soon learned that a town named Liberty Hill already existed in nearby Williamson County.  While meeting to discuss a new name, it is reported that one of the town leaders looked out a window and spotted a pile of driftwood near the proposed site of the post office, which was also to be built using driftwood.  Driftwood was plentiful in the area because of frequent flooding of Onion Creek.  The name of Driftwood was promptly suggested for the town. 

(Around Dripping Springs/L.M.Freeman)

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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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John Lee Wallace, one of the founders, was a distant relative of Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee?  A local historian reports that they were “fourth cousins, twice over” on John’s mother’s  side. General Lee reportedly visited relatives, including the Wallaces, in the area while serving as commander of the US cavalry regiment in Texas. 

John and Malvina Wallace were married more than 50 years and had 11 children.  At the base of Wallace Mountain, the Wallace family cemetery was established in 1869.  It is believed to have been located there when rain and mud prevented the funeral wagon from getting up the hill.  It sits on private property just a few feet from the shoulder of Hwy 290 E, and received a state historical medallion in 2002. 

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Hopefully you’ve invested in residential real estate property in the Austin area, because 2016 is promising some big numbers. However, if you’re not a homeowner who rents out a property, well, the forecast doesn't look too hot for you.

HomeUnion, a real estate investment management firm, has identified the top 10 metros with the strongest investment home rental growth in the country. Austin comes in at No. 8, with some data that might excite or scare, depending on which side of the spectrum you’re on.

Austin is expecting a 5 percent price increase in 2016 for home rentals, with a projected year-end average rental price of $1,787 for a single-family home. Factors of population, a healthy economy, and steady job growth place Austin in the top 10.

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The granite dome of Enchanted Rock got its name from the local Indians? They believed flickering ghost fires could be seen on top of the rock at night.  Legend tells of an Anglo woman kidnapped by Indians who escaped and lived on top of the Enchanted Rock, where her screams were said to be heard at night.  According to the Texas State Historical Association, local Comanche and Tonkawa feared and revered the Enchanted Rock, and may have offered sacrifices at its base. 

Enchanted Rock is a popular hiking and camping destination, currently managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.  For more information, go to

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