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-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
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 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. 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. Covert Family Park Monument (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.
Also see . . .
1. Bonnell, Joseph (1802–1840). Although this marker (erected 1969) asserts the mountain was named for George Bonnell, a politician and newspaperman who arrived in (Submitted on April 6, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
2. Mount Bonnell, Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. Aerial views of Mount Bonnell and Vicinity (video). YouTube video.
(Submitted on April 1, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.)
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,
— Submitted June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.
Additional keywords. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormonism
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 3,293 times since then and 99 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 1, 2010. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 21, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 6. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 7. submitted on July 26, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.