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BUDA, TEXAS

Hays County, Texas Hill Country
I-35
17 Miles S of Austin
7 Miles N of Kyle
16 Miles N of San Marcos
33 Miles N of New Braunfels

Population: 5,595(2007) 2,404(2000) 1,795(1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

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.

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