When I moved to Austin in 1966 this was a small college town with one major highway – Interstate 35. MoPac was in the planning stages and Austin City Limits was ten years in the future. The population of Austin was close to 180,000. The city was filled with interesting people, places and history that laid the groundwork for the capital city that over 900,000 people now call home.
Austinites are able to enjoy scenic treasures such as Town Lake (now known as Lady Bird Johnson Lake), Lake Austin, The Texas Hill Country, Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell.
Many local places I remember as a teenager in the 60s may not exist any longer, but they are still part of the history that makes our city unique. Swimming at The Austin Country Club on Riverside, stopping at Holiday House Hamburgers and docking at The Pier on Lake Austin are just a few of the places I have remember and smile about. For now I’m capturing old Austin using watercolors.
My hope is that my art makes you smile and reminds you of Austin before MoPac. Whether you are new to Austin or a native there is a good reason you chose to call this city your home.