Barton Creek, 1970s (Austin Public Library, Austin History Center, 21781)

Barton Creek, 1970s
Austin Public Library, Austin History Center, 21781


As Austin grows to the West, land prices rise on Barton Creek. The City makes slow and intermittent progress toward the purchase of parkland as approved by Austin voters.

It got caught up in the city bureaucracy and no one acted on the purchase of the land, for years. And then people circled back around later and said, “Hey, what's the deal with this money? I mean, how much land have you bought?” Nothing.

— Phil Sterzing, Envisioner of Barton Creek Wilderness Park


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