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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Covert Family Park Monument

 
 
Covert Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, January 6, 2015
1. Covert Park Marker
Inscription.  
1939 - 2014
Covert Park
Commemorating the
75th Anniversary
of the Covert family gift of
Mount Bonnell
to the people of Travis County, in memory of
Frank M. Covert, Sr.

History of Covert Park at Mount Bonnell
1939 Park Given to Travis County
1972 Park transferred to City of Austin
1990 Designated as a Historic Landmark
1996 Designated as a Nature Preserve
2014 Rededicated to the enjoyment of the people
of Austin and visitors from around the world by
the Covert family

 
Erected 2014 by Friends of Mount Bonnell/Covert Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 30° 19.284′ N, 97° 46.376′ 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. The monument is located at the foot of a flight of over
Markers at Foot of Stairs to top of Mount Bonnell image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, January 5, 2015
2. Markers at Foot of Stairs to top of Mount Bonnell
100 steps which lead to the crest of Mount Bonnell, an historic landmark in Central Texas, the site of Covert Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin TX 78731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Bonnell (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); William Steele (approx. 1.1 miles away); Adjutants General (approx. 1.1 miles away); Texas in the Civil War (approx. 1.1 miles away); Taylor Lime Kiln No. 1 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
More about this monument. Designed by O'Connell Robertson of Austin and installed by Beall Memorial Arts at the request of the Friends of Mount Bonnell, funding for the monument was provided by the Covert family. Covert Park was adopted by the West Point Society of Central Texas in 2010. With more than 700 West Point graduates in the Austin area, the Society established the Friends of Covert Park at Mount Bonnell, an informal group open to all with an interest in the beloved landmark.
 
Also see . . .  Mount Bonnell. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on April 13, 2015.) 
 
Texas Historical Society Covert Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, January 5, 2015
3. Texas Historical Society Covert Park Marker
Covert Park
Mount Bonnell was part of a 54-acre tract of land owned by F. M. Covert, Sr. a pioneer Austin businessman. Negotiations to give the summit of Mt. Bonnell, to be known as Covert Park, to the people of Travis County began in 1934 but was concluded by the remaining members of the Covert family in honor of their father on June 2, 1939. Covert Park at Mt. Bonnell provides a fabulous view of the Colorado River valley and the city of Austin skyline.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2015, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on January 6, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2015, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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