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Mount Bonnell

 
 
Mount Bonnell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 20, 2009
1. Mount Bonnell Marker
Inscription. Rising 775 feet above sea level, this limestone height was named for George W. Bonnell, who came to Texas with others to fight for Texas independence, 1836. Was commissioner of Indian Affairs in Republic of Texas under president Sam Houston. Moved in 1839 to Austin; there published the "Texas Sentinel", 1840. Member Texan-Santa Fe expedition, 1841. Was captured but released in time to join Mier expedition, 1842. Was killed in camp on Rio Grande, Dec. 26, 1842.

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-1800's 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 1850's and 1860's. As it is today. Legend has it that an excursion to the place in the 1850's 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.
Stairs ascending Mount Bonnell image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 20, 2009
2. Stairs ascending Mount Bonnell
Looking north-west, marker located to right of stairs that ascend to top of Mount Bonnell.
30° 19.29′ N, 97° 46.378′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Mount Bonnell Road 0.2 miles south of Mount Bonnell Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin TX 78731, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Covert Park (a few steps from 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
Viewing area on top of Mount Bonnell image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 20, 2009
3. Viewing area on top of Mount Bonnell
Sidney)
Johnston may have named Mount Bonnell in present-day Austin for his friend and fellow West Point cadet Joseph Bonnell." Joseph Bonnell was a West Point graduate in the class of 1825 who served as Aide de Camp to General Houston during the war, and has been recognized as a Hero of the Texas Revolution. (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.) 
 
Additional comments.
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.
 
Panoramic view of Colorado River looking west off Mount Bonnell image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
4. Panoramic view of Colorado River looking west off Mount Bonnell
  — Submitted June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

 
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Panoramic view of Austin looking east off Mount Bonnell image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
5. Panoramic view of Austin looking east off Mount Bonnell
Engraved Stone in Viewing Area image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 8, 2007
6. Engraved Stone in Viewing Area
2010 Condition of Marker Commemorating Establishment of the Park image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, April 8, 2010
7. 2010 Condition of Marker Commemorating Establishment of the Park
Mount Bonnell is the highest point in Covert Park which occupies land given to the citizens of Travis County Texas by the Covert family of Austin. The marker commemorating that gift has been vandalized and is unrepaired as of July 2010.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,682 times since then and 370 times this year. 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 October 25, 2016.
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