|History in a Pecan
Settled to some degree as early as the 1840s, there had been
a small community called Mountain City prior to the Civil War. With the
arrival of the railroad, people
abandoned Mountain City and moved close around the depot. Things didnít really
get started until April Foolís Day 1881 when land was donated around the I&GN
depot for a proper townsite.
First known as Du Pre, the name was
changed in 1887 to Buda
The town served Hays County as a shipping point
for local dairies and ranches until the arrival of the Great Depression. The population
declined from 600 in 1929 to just 300 in four years.
It remained a tranquil,
self-contained community for decades until its charm attracted the attention of
Austinites. The population for the 1990 census was nearly 1,800 which increased
to 5,595 by 2007.