Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hancock Creek/Arroyo Seco, Part 3

Copyright 2017 Susan Burneson. All rights reserved. Kindly talk with us before reproducing any content you find on the website. IS IT ARROYO SECO OR ARROYA SECA? When it was first named, the street Arroyo Seco, which runs along either side of Hancock Creek in much of Brentwood and Crestview, somehow was incorrectly spelled “Arroyo Seca” on street signs and in official documents. In the early 1950s, Brentwood Elementary School students taking Spanish classes discovered … Read more

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Hancock Creek/Arroyo Seco, Part 2

Copyright 2017 Susan Burneson. All rights reserved. Kindly talk with us before reproducing any content you find on the website. Arroyo Seco means “dry creek” in Spanish. The term also refers to an intermittently dry creek — a good description of the waterway through our area today. Many neighbors still call this waterway Arroyo Seco (or Seca). On the United States Geological Survey Austin East map, it’s Hancock Creek. On City of Austin and Federal … Read more

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Hancock Creek/Arroyo Seco, Part 1

Copyright 2017 Susan Burneson. All rights reserved. Kindly talk with us before reproducing any content you find on the website. For the next five weeks, the blog focuses on the often-dry creek east of Brentwood Elementary and Brentwood Park. Some call the creek Arroyo Seco or Arroyo Seca. I discovered it also has other names. In 2003, I began researching neighborhood history. I was surprised to discover maps, including a recent one from the United … Read more

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Esperanza—An Early “Neighborhood” School

Before Brentwood Elementary and McCallum High, even before Brentwood and Crestview, there was Esperanza School. We first learned about Esperanza in 2009 from two former Brentwood neighbors, Mickey Pease Bauer, who started school there, and Al Kirby. In 1936, Mickey’s family moved to a 14-acre farm which stretched from 6503 Burnet Lane east to Arroyo Seco. (And, except for a few months, she has lived in either Brentwood or Crestview ever since.) Mickey attended Esperanza … Read more

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