Austin’s little brother to the north isn’t so little anymore. With a rapidly growing population and expansion of existing and new businesses, Round Rock has become a bustling metropolis while retaining the neighborly feeling of its small town roots. Here are ten of the most interesting things you may or many not know about Round Rock:
#1 Round Rock, Texas Wasn’t Always Round Rock
Back in 1851, when Round Rock was established, it was named Brushy after the Brushy Creek that forged the way for wagons to pass through on their trade routes. In 1854, the postmaster of the Brushy Creek Post Office was asked to change the name of the city because there was another town called Brushy close by.
#2 The Round Rock
There is, in fact, a round rock in Round Rock. It provided a natural low-water crossing point for wagons, horses, and cattle through the Brushy Creek back in the 19th century. In 1854, when the postmaster was asked to change the name of the city, it was only fitting that the city be named after one of its most important landmarks.
This donut shop was established in 1926 and is considered the best donut in Texas by thousands of its enthusiastic fans. People travel from all over just to eat one of their iconic Texas-sized donuts, including Adam from TV’s Man vs. Food. If you want to eat a donut that’s bigger than your face, this is your place to go.
#4 Round Rock Express
This triple-A Pacific Coast minor league team was formed in 2000. In 2016 they were listed as the sixth-most valuable minor league team by Forbes magazine, coming in at a $40 million value. You can take the family for an affordable night of fun at their home turf—the Dell Diamond stadium.
#5 Round Rock Premium Outlets
It’s everyone’s favorite outdoor shopping outlet mall in Central Texas, filled with 125 stores, including Banana Republic, Nike, Michael Kors, JCrew, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Incredible savings abound!
#6 Great Place to Live
Money magazine once named Round Rock the seventh best place to live in America. It has a recognizably low crime rate, award-winning schools, and ample family-friendly places to hang out with the kids. If you’re looking for a place to live the American Dream, then you’ve found it, according to SmartAsset magazine.
#7 Dell Headquarters
It’s no secret Dell Computers calls Round Rock home but did you know it employs approximately 13,000 people at its headquarters alone? Dell is only one of the companies that makes Round Rock a leader in economic development for Central Texas. And if you’re company is looking to relocate to this affordable, business-friendly Austin enclave, check out Frontera Ridge.
#8 Sam Bass Shootout
You may have heard of Sam Bass, a legendary Old West train robber and outlaw. His last day was marked by a shootout in downtown Round Rock, which is now known as the “Sam Bass Shootout.” His grave site can be found at the Round Rock Cemetery.
#9 Round Rock Memorial Park
This beautiful park covers 14.11 acres of land. A walking path leads down to the Round Rock and is perfect for any walker, runner, or bike rider. The spread of trees, picnic tables, grills, as well as a softball field, makes this park perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors.
#10 Downtown Round Rock
Downtown Round Rock offers unique eateries, popular places to shop, and entertaining nightlife. You’ll always find a parking spot, and you’ll always be able to find something to do no matter your mood or company.