Austin in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Cedar Chopping in Central Texas
During the 1850s, most pioneer area families operated small farms or businesses, and cattle ranching began to grow in the area. In the 1870s and 1880s, following economic hardships of the Civil War, Texas cattle ranchers began to drive stock through this area to markets outside the state. Residents also turned to cotton production, the raising of sheep and goats, and the harvesting of ashe juniper, known locally as cedar.
With four rail lines built through the county by the 1890s, residents utilized the railroad for shipping products, including cedar ties for rail line construction. The wood was also used for fence posts, roofing shingles, foundation piers and telephone poles, as well as the manufacture of cedar charcoal, which had a variety of commercial applications.
The term cedar chopper applied to harvesters and their families, who moved from camp to camp for their work. Cedar chopping was a significant factor in the development of the county and its economy well into the twentieth
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13201.)
Location. 30° 29.086′ N, 97° 47.473′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on Staked Plains Blvd., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78717, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pond Springs Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Granite for the State Capitol (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cedar Park Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); Champion Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cypress School (approx. 3 miles away); Pond Springs Community and School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cedar Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Jollyville Community and School (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2018, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Last updated on July 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2018, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.