What’s in a Name? Iconic Austin Neighborhoods

Thanks to Austin CultureMap for compiling the history of some of Austin’s most iconic neighborhoods.

Pop Quiz

Which neighborhood has been home to a stream of notable Austinites, including four Texas governors, two mayors, state and local lawmakers, University of Texas faculty, coaches, and staff? Answer: Old Enfield!

Did you know Balcones is actually named after the Balcones Fault Zone? Mount Bonnell is one of the (beautiful) results of this “tensional structural system.”

Which neighborhood was a sprawling cotton farm, originally inhabited by GIs after World War II? Answer: Brentwood!

What was Austin’s first suburb? Answer: Hyde Park! In 1891, the neighborhood was born and was marketed to upscale buyers.