Round Rock--Small, But Mighty!
"Named Best Small Town in America--7th Place"
We were intrigued by its name and stopped at Round Rock on our way home from Georgetown, Texas. A large sign boasted, "Home of the Dragons". Although the historic downtown area was a short walk up one side and down, it exuded character.
The town took its name from this round rock, marking a 'low water' crossing at Brushy Creek. Peering from atop the low bridge spanning the creek, you can still see the ruts made by wagons passing across one hundred years ago. A marker affixed to the bridge support tells the story.
*The community was first named Brushy Creek by its postmaster in 1851, however it was changed to Round Rock a few years later in 1854. The round rock marks the exact spot where the famed Chisholm Trail crossed as it carried cattle from South Texas to Abilene, Kansas and beyond.
In 1878, Sam Bass, a notorious train robber, was captured in the downtown area by the Texas Rangers. A re-enactment of the original gunfight is an annual event here in Round Rock.
Outside of town (off I-35) you'll find Round Rock Premium Outlets, where big name brands are discounted and where a bevy of hotels and fast food restaurants await the traveler.
*history provided by wikipedia.com