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Neighbors-in-History, Part 3

Final blog post in this series, in which we introduce a few special neighbors-in-history who have contributed to our sense of place here. (See links for more info.) ERNEST WALTER WUPPERMAN (1907-1986) owned a veterinary practice on today’s North Lamar, north of Old Koenig Lane, from 1941-1976. Veterinarians H. M. Spangler and his son S. C. Spangler bought the business from Dr. Wupperman in 1976, when he retired. For many years it was called the … Read more

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WABAC Machine, Part 4

Our neighborhood history continues . . . (What’s a WABAC Machine? Find out here.) 1945 • After World War II, more and more young families moved to Brentwood and Crestview, and the landscape began to change from mostly farmland and wide open spaces to neat rows of well-kept homes. (See our film A Community Mosaic for images from that time.) 1947 • Dirt excavator C. H. Lester helped dig a drainage channel in Hancock Creek, along … Read more

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A Few Stories About Street Names, Part 2

Our series on Central Austin street names—how they were named and what some of them once were called—continues. KAREN AVENUE—Named for a niece of Dr. Joseph S. Koenig. (See Koenig Lane, below.) KOENIG LANE—According to the Austin History Center, Koenig Lane was created in 1939. I believe it was named for Dr. Joseph Samuel Koenig (1885-1951). He was born in LaGrange, Texas, the son of John Robert Koenig Sr. J. S. and Lera Lynn Pennington … Read more

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A Few Stories About Street Names, Part 1

Over the years, as we’ve talked with neighbors and looked into public records, we’ve learned how some of our Central Austin streets came to be named and what some of them once were called. Here’s Part 1 of what we’ve gathered so far. We invite you to share what you know about neighborhood streets by sending us an email (see link at right). AGGIE LANE—According to longtime Aggie Lane resident Don Gresser, the street was … Read more

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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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