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May 23

Stick to the Grind: How Buda's Skatepark Shreds

Posted to Adventure Friday by Gabriela Moore

My second adventure was to Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark!

Everyone in the skateboarding community has their reasons for becoming interested in skateboarding. Mine rooted from my dad being a skateboarder when he was younger. He bought me my first skateboard when I was in late elementary school. I picked up nickelboarding in college and later had the urge to learn tricks and go to skateparks to be able to do more than I could ever do on a nickelboard. My dad helped me pick out a skateboard about six months ago, and I’ve been keeping up with it ever since. Buda’s park has been helping me ease back into it at a pace that works for me. One thing I enjoy about Buda’s skatepark is the fact that it’s a fun park to go to even when you can’t do tricks.

The Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark holds a lot of sentiment to the Buda community, skater or not. This park was opened in late 2013 as a memorial to Jackson Norris to provide a safe space for skaters of all skill levels.

Though skating on the street can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Founder of Buda’s own Inspiration Skateboard, David Sweet says, “The skatepark has made a huge positive impact on the community by giving skaters a place to be safe and stay out of trouble.” Having a skate park in town gives local skaters a place to go to try out their new tricks in a safe environment.

There is no doubt that skateboarders have long had a negative stigma attached to them. Skateboarding is a great exercise. It gives kids and adults a fun, challenging sport to be a part of, while staying a tight knit community. Sweet has long been an advocate of spreading the positivity of skateboarding. “Skateboarders often get a bad rep, and I get it. There are always those bad apples out there, but Inspiration is about how skateboarding can be a healthy part of your adolescence, and teach you life lessons that you’ll use for years to come,” Sweet says.

Stop by Buda and check out the park! It is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sep 18

Burgers of Buda, TX

Posted to Happy Trails by Lysa Gonzalez

So you know when you get have a craving for a really good burger? Though us Texan’s take pride in how good our Whataburger is, it will never be quite good enough to curb our craving for a perfectly seasoned, juicy hunk of Texas burger. So when fast food burgers just don’t cut it, we created a menu of the most popular burger’s across Buda. This list is so good it’ll make Hamburglar wish he wasn’t stealing from McDonald's.

Dynamic Duo: Pinballz Kingdom's own “Texas Burger”

Pinballz  Burger

With a bit of hesitation over the BBQ sauce, and a reassuring “don’t worry you’ll love our burger”, Pinballz Kingdom served us the perfect burger. Yes, I just made that claim. I didn’t know I would love the BBQ sauce on this burger so much and the onion rings are exactly how every onion ring should be made. We ordered the meat cooked medium, and it made for just the right amount of drip. They piled it high with a hunky slice of cheddar cheese, perfectly crisp bacon, crunchy onion rings, all topped with tangy BBQ sauce. Every ingredient perfect on its own, but together made for a dang good burger. Also, if you’re reading this and imagining how much of a mess you’ll make on your freshly pressed shirt, this burger surprisingly stays together until the very last bite. We will definitely be back to try the #2 favorite: Hatch Lava Burger.

Charred to Perfection: Tavern on Main’s own “Jalapeno-Cheddar Burger”

Tavern Burger

A juicy center, flavorful charred edges, crisp jalapenos, need we say more? If you are like me, you are a lover of the edges. Brownies? Give me the corner piece. Square pizza?  Yes please with those burnt cheesy corners. There really is something about those crispy edges that hold the flavor so well. And with the burger from the Tavern on Main, you get to enjoy your favorite edge on the first AND last bite. Even the cheese has crispy edges! They assembled a tasty classic burger with 6 ounces of beef, a thick slice of cheddar cheese, and fresh cut grilled jalapenos in between a jalapeno cheddar bun. The jalapeno cheddar burger  was just the right amount of different (and delicious) to make it our go to classic burger.

Brooklyn Down South’s own “The 967 Burger”

Brooklyns Burger

Welcome to your perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Devour a ½ pound of beef topped with spicy bacon jalapeno jam, thin cut onion rings, american cheese, topped with an egg all in between a sourdough honey bun. When you hear jam you usually expect it to be sweet, but it had a welcome spiciness that quickly became my favorite part of the burger. If you haven’t ever tried adding an egg to this burger from Brooklyn's Down South this might be a good place to start. We loved how it added just the right amount of egg flavor. Only thing I would ask for next time is an over easy egg instead of medium so I can experience the runny yolk with this already juicy burger. Just don’t wear your freshly pressed shirt to this table--you’re in for a delicious mess!

Cabela’s own “Hawaiian Bison Burger”

Cabelas burger 2

After trying the sweet and spicy combo from Brooklyn’s, we were feeling a bit adventurous and tried the Hawaiian bison burger from Cabela’s. If you’re one of those oddballs who likes pineapple on your pizza, this is the burger for you. Cabela’s took a cafeteria-style burger and made it gourmet with your choice of angus, bison, or elk patties, pepper jack cheese, two thick slices of pineapple, all topped with tangy Korean BBQ sauce. The bison patty on this burger is a great place to start if you’re nervous about venturing off from beef, chicken or pork. Though the korean BBQ sauce was our favorite part of this creation, next time we will probably stick with toppings that are a bit more classic, just so we can enjoy the gamey juicy flavor of the bison. Avocado Bison Burger date at Cabela’s? I’d say yes to that.

Did we miss a burger? Give us a reason to try it out! We are always looking for new food to try in Buda. Though after this we should probably stick with salads for a while.

May 23

Welcoming Visitors Once Again: A Short History of the Stagecoach House

Posted to Historic Preservation in Buda by Gabriela Moore

When you walk through the double doors of the Historic Stagecoach House in Buda, TX surrounded by elements of decades leaving their mark, you step into an iconic structure of the 19th century. The now-enclosed dogtrot that serves as the foyer between two large rooms, was once a wide open breezeway looking out onto Onion Creek and the old stagecoach bridge. Your feet would sink into the earth below and the ceiling above revealed the strong cedar rafters that hold the roof above you. For a few short years the wind would kick up dirt in a whirlwind through the dogtrot until the 1880’s, when the Post Office would inevitably outgrow the tiny limestone building behind the cabin and T. E. McElroy would transform the stop into the home we see today.

View of Stagecoach House from the Main Street Side walk
Let’s go back a couple 100 years to post Civil war era America. Floods of people were moving to Texas, pushing more families into Hays County as Austin began to overflow (not at all familiar, right?) As a sign of the time period, access to mail was a key component to a thriving community. Post offices and stagecoach stops began popping up into Hays County in close proximity to the major highway of the time, Old San Antonio Road. Onion Creek held all the desired amenities for these stops--water to tend to the horses from a long journey, easy access to the major highway and safety from the treacherous country roads of the time known to be prone to flooding and rocky terrain. By the 1870’s, the county population had nearly doubled from the previous census and on April 3, 1875, the Onion Creek Post Office and Stagecoach House broke ground and George W. Waters was appointed as postmaster.

The post office would see a few short years of delivering mail, servicing horses, and hosting overnight travelers until the International and Great Northern Railroad would lay iron from Austin to San Antonio and Cornelia A. Trimble would sell her first commercial block of land to postmaster J.A. Chandler in 1881. Just a quarter mile from the post office and platted along the new railroad, Trimble would name her town Du Pre. It wouldn’t be until the around 1885 when Chandler moved the post office into town that the name would inevitably change to Buda at the command of the U.S. Postal Service after noting there is already a town named Du Pre in east Texas.

Newly vacated and surrounded by 234 acres of land, T.E. McElroy purchased the Onion Creek Post Office and Stagecoach House in the mid-1880’s. Within a few short years he View of heritage oak trees in front of the Stagecoach House in Historic Stagecoach Parkadded over 1,000 acres of land to his name and turned the old post office and stage stop into a ranching estate where he raised livestock and cultivated the fertile soil. With wealth and ambition on his side, McElroy transformed the rugged cabin into the elegant home we see today by enclosing the dogtrot, expanding the home and adding the luxuries one would expect in a home like flooring and a ceiling. Remnants of an old porch under what is now the back room point to a re-orientation of the front porch to look towards Loop 4 (Main Street) heading into a now thriving Buda and away from the abandoned stagecoach bridge.

Throughout the years as pieces of land were sold off, the home would continue to bare the markings of each decade with hand-hewn joists in the attic revealing its pre-railroad construction and french doors showcasing the the trend of the 1920’s when European styles reverberated throughout American homes. Though the home was renovated back to its circa 1920s appearance, one lasting mark of those who lived there in later years still exists in the west room. On the fireplace mantle you will find it to be painted blue with gold stars on either side and a gold arch enveloping the opening. It was dated by historians as a 1970’s style work-- a time when the house was rented out by owners Victor and Joe Stanzel to a group of college students in the artist community.

In 1998 the Stanzel Brothers Trust would transfer the 51 acre property to the City of Buda and the Stagecoach House would once again welcome travelers from far and wide as the Visitor Center for the thriving town of Buda.