“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, February 7, 2010
1. Shoal Creek Marker
Inscription. Native Americans, settlers and cattle drovers crossed the river here where Shoal Creek's sand made the water shallow. During Republic days Vice President Mirabeau Lamar camped here, near the village of Waterloo while hunting buffalo. His impression of the area's beauty and resources prompted the relocation of the state capital in 1839.
Location. 30° 15.88′ N, 97° 45.103′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Lady Bird Lake Trail (a foot trail) near West Cesar Chavez Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seaholm Power Plant (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.P. Schneider Store (approx. mile away); Michael Paggi House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Newspapers, C.S.A. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Congress Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Austin, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); West-Bremond Cottage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emma West Flats (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker
Shoal Creek Marker in context image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
2. Shoal Creek Marker in context
Marker is located on the north shore of the Colorado close to where Shoal Creek empties into the river.
in the order shown.
Additional comments.
1. A Trail North
Quoting Annals of Travis County and of the City of Austin, by Frank Brown, a primary source on early Austin: "From time out of mind there was a trail running north from the Rio Grande by way of the present towns of San Antonio, New Braunfels and San Marcos, crossing the Colorado at the ford near the mouth of Shoal Creek .. This trail was found here by the first white explorers that visited the site now occupied by the capital city .. Here, also, the buffalo crossed, going south to north, according to the season. The ford at the mouth of Shoal Creek has a rock bottom, is comparatively smooth and shallow; and could always be crossed with safety when the river was at all fordable. This crossing is at the foot of the mountains, on a direct course north. The main line of travel from the Rio Grande to Red River, south to north, was by this route. The old trail went up the valley of Shoal Creek, passing out above and near the residence of the late Gov. Pease; thence on the nearly level plateau between the creek and the mountains, near the foot of the hills, almost one north to the Indian village at Waco and beyond.."
    — Submitted February 23, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.
View from south shore image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. View from south shore
Shoal Creek empties into the Colorado on the north shore. This is the view towards Shoal Creek from the south shore, called "Auditorium Shores". Marker is located near low point on the opposing bank.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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