Barton Creek Mall land clearing, 1979 (Joe Riddell Personal Collection)

Barton Creek Mall land clearing, 1979
Joe Riddell Personal Collection


Days after the ground-breaking of Barton Creek Square Mall, swimmers downstream at Barton Springs notice a change in water quality including a slimy yellow, foul-smelling algae.

Contractors... for the new Barton Creek Square Mall have joined forces to scrape and gouge hundreds of acres of its watershed until it is as naked and sterile as a World War II battlefield.

— Journalist Bill Collier, Austin American Statesman


Supporting Documents

Related Events

A Chronology of Human Impacts on Barton Creek