Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Frontiersman W.A.A. "Bigfoot" Wallace killed an Indian he met face to face while crossing a narrow ledge 50 feet above river, 1839. He also took refuge in a Mount Bonnell cave to recover from "flux", but was missing so long his sweetheart eloped.
In the mid-1800s Mormons built a mill on the Colorado river at foot of Mount Bonnell. Mill was destroyed by flood and the Mormons moved on west.
Mount Bonnell was site of picnics and outings in 1850s and 1860s. As it is today. Legend has it that an excursion to the place in the1850s inspired the popular song "Wait for the Wagon and We'll All Take a Ride". As a stunt in 1898, Miss Hazel Keyes slid down a cable stretched from the top of Mount Bonnell to south bank of then Lake McDonald below.
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Covert Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Laguna Gloria (approx. 0.6 miles away); Camp Mabry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Major John B. Jones (approx. 1.1 miles away); Texas and the Civil War State Military Board (approx. 1.1 miles away); William Steele (approx. 1.1 miles away); Adjutants General (approx. 1.1 miles away); Texas in the Civil War (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .
1. Mount Bonnell, Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Bonnell, Joseph (1802–1840). Although this marker (erected 1969) asserts the mountain was named for George Bonnell, a politician and newspaperman who arrived in Austin in 1839 following the War for Texas Independence, a recent update to the Handbook of Texas entry for Joseph Bonnell acknowledges that "Though sources have long credited George Bonnell as the mountainís namesake, quite possibly (Albert Sidney) Johnston may have named Mount Bonnell (Submitted on April 6, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
3. Wallace, William Alexander Anderson [Bigfoot] (1817–1899). (Submitted on June 21, 2009.)
4. Mount Bonnell, Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
5. Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell - a Hero of the War for Texas Independence. Historical Marker located in PA - provided by TX. (Submitted on May 18, 2010, by Steven L Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania.)
1. Mount Bonnell
Mount Bonnell is often described as the highest point in Austin. While this may have been true in historic times when Austin was much smaller, today Mount Bonnell's elevation at its peak (marker quotes 775 feet above sea level) is less than that of several surrounding peaks, e.g. Mt. Barker, and in general is less than the Jollyville Plateau (max. elevation about 1100 feet about sea level), all part of modern day Austin.
Categories. • Native Americans • Notable Persons • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,396 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 6. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 7. submitted on , by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.