Cedar Park, Texas

Timeline

  • 1836

    Tumlinson Fort, also known as the Tumlinson blockhouse, was on the headwaters of Brushy Creek in what is now Williamson County. It was established by John J. Tumlinson, Jr., and his company of Texas Rangers. Following his commission as a captain in the Rangers by the provisional government of Texas ...
  • 1838

    The event known as the Webster massacre has been reported at varying dates by a variety of sources. The conflict between the Webster party and Comanche Indians occurred sometime between the summer of 1838 and October of 1839, near the headwaters of Brushy Creek in what is now Williamson County. ...
  • 1850

    quarry_smShell Stone Rock quarrying began. Buttercup Community / Doddville founded. Stagestop on Austin to Lampasas Stage Line - now at the bottom of the reservoir.
  • 1859

    Historic King Log House and MarkerKing Log House
  • 1868

    New Hope Baptist Church was founded. Worship services may have been conducted in this area as early as 1847. This church was not formally charted until Oct 22, 1868. That year the organizational meeting was held in the home of James M. & Elizabeth Trammell. Pioneers of the rural Block ...
  • 1873

    George W. Cluck - primary colonizer of Cedar Park. Arrived in 1873 purchasing 329 acres. The Cluck Ranch was then sold to the railroad and renamed "Brueggerhoff" and then "Cedar Park" in 1887.GW Cluck recorded deed for 329 1/2 acres Dec. 3, 1873
  • 1874

    7_Cluck original homesteadGW & Harriet Cluck homestead built in 1874. They owned 329 acres and built their home on Running Brushy Creek in 1874 and became the founders of what would eventually become Cedar Park. Their home stood at what is now the NW corner of Buttercup Blvd and US183. The creeks ...
  • 1877

    12_quarry photosLimestone Quarry Started This quarry was located on the original Cluck property at what is now 1431 and Lakeline Blvd. It was the major employer in Cedar Park in the late 1800’s. A railroad spur was built from the main rail line to the quarry in 1929. The seawall in Galveston ...
  • 1879

    Running Brushy School - this log schoolhouse was established in the 1860s. It was replaced in 1877 by a one-story wood frame building, which remained in operation until 1937.Running Brushy Community School / Church The School / Church was located on the Cluck property close to what would in time be the Park and the RR Foreman’s house. Summer services were conducted under a brush arbor. County elections were also held there. The school closed down in 1923 when ...
  • 1881

    foremanshouseNarrow Gauge Railroad, Depot & Foreman's House Built. The first railroad to tap the mineral-rich heart of the Hill Country, the A&NW's narrow-gauge tracks were completed from Austin to Burnet in 1882. The train depot was located across the tracks from the Foreman’s house. Railroad Foreman’s House was built in ...
  • 1883

    Running Brushy changed its name to Brueggerhoff in 1883 - named after railroad official
  • 1887

    Cedar Park Post OfficeBrueggerhoff was renamed as Cedar Park in 1887 by Emmett Cluck. Built by Emmett Cluck in 1887. We believe that Hattie Cluck moved the Post Office from her home to the new Post Office when it was completed. Her son Emmett Cluck took over as Post Master in 1892 and served ...
  • 1892

    Emmett Cluck served as the Postmaster of Cedar Park 1892 thru 1929.
  • 1894

    Buttercup Post Office Closed
  • 1900

    Cedar Yards were started in the early 1900s. The posts were used for fence posts and were in great demand from all parts of Texas. The posts were graded for size, straightness & length and then stacked and then sold. Many men supported their families cutting posts. The cedar was ...
  • 1908

    Running Brushy Community School was renamed as Cedar Park Community School.
  • 1923

    Old Whitestone SchoolWhitestone school established, Cedar Park and Blockhouse schools closed. Located at what is now the corner of 1431 and 183. It was approx 3000 sq feet. There were cloak /supply rooms in both of the front corners and a kitchen on the right side between the entry hall and the ...
  • 1927

    Indian Midden on cluck home place was excavated between 1927 to 1930 by the University of Texas.
  • 1929

    Railroad spur built from mainline to Limestone Rock Quarry.
  • 1935

    The Cedar Mill was built to extract cedar oil and to make floor sweep in 1935. Corner of 183 and Cypress Creek Road.
  • 1942

    Faubion Grocery was built on old Highway 183 in 1942 and became the 2nd Post Office / Grocery. It was used as the primary Post Office until 1979. Later used as an antique store until it was torn down in the 80’s.Faubion Store and Post Office built 1942. Built on old highway 183 and became the 2nd Post Office / Grocery. Used as the primary Post Office until 1979. Later used as an antique store until it was torn down in the 80’s.
  • 1943

    State dairy and hog farm created.
  • 1956

    Conservation Dam built on site of Buttercup.
  • 1960

    Population 200
  • 1961

    Hog Farm residents dammed Buttercup Creek to form Twin Lakes and a park in 1961. Current YMCA.
  • 1965

    Cedar Park Water Supply Corporation was formed.
  • 1970

    Population 687
  • 1972

    firemen1Cedar Park Volunteer Fire Department started. Their first fire truck was a very used 1956 Wards LaFrance purchased from Granite Shoals Fire Department when Artie Henry & Don Webster put in a bid for $1313.13. It had been an Air Force Crash truck in one of its former lives. There ...
  • 1973

    Residents voted to incorporate the City of Cedar Park on February 24, 1973. It was ratified by Williamson County Judge Luther Chance on February 26, 1973 and became official. May 11 - First Election. The first Mayor was Kenneth Bell and City Council Members were Buzz Henry, Don Webster, John Dixon, ...
  • 1974

    City offices open in new City Hall at 104 Commercial Parkway.
  • 1976

    First Cedar Chopper Festival.
  • 1980

    The library was started in the old laundromat on Commercial Parkway. Population 3,474
  • 1981

    City takes over Water Corporation.
  • 1983

    Wilson-Leonard Brushy Creek Burial Site remains estimated to be between 8-10,000 years old.Leanderthal Lady Discovered. Discovered by the Texas Highway Dept. during the location of the path for the RM 1431 extension from Cedar Park to I-35. Remains are over 10,000 years old and estimated to be one of the most complete and oldest examples of a human skeleton in North America. ...
  • 1987

    1431 Completed to IH-35. This new road gave Cedar Park direct access to IH-35 and was a big contributor to increased growth in the area and allowed easier access to the north side of Lake Travis and Lago Vista. City voters approve Home Rule Charter.
  • 1990

    City Hall Relocates from Commercial Parkway to former bank building at 600 North Bell Boulevard. Population 5,161
  • 1992

    Hill Country FlyerFirst ride on the Hill Country Flyer on July 25.
  • 1996

    Cedar Park acquires expanded ETJ Austin on January 11.
  • 1997

    City Voters Approve First General Revenue Bond Issue for $24,120,000 with $14,225,000 for Roads, Streets and Drainage; $5,750,000 for Justice Building; $1,135,000 for Fire Station and Training Facility; $2,750,000 for improvements to the City's Public Library; $260,000 for improvements to Milburn Park. Tornado hits the city, major damage sustained.
  • 1998

    City adopts first comprehensive plan. Cedar Park citizens vote to withdraw from Capital Metro and eliminate 1 cent local Sales Tax.
  • 1999

    Cedar Park voters approve reallocation of Capital Metro transportation sales tax of 1 cent for economic development and community development.
  • 2000

    Population 26,049
  • 2001

    City of Cedar Park voters approve second General Revenue Bond Issue for $60,095,000 with $45,000,000 for City Streets; $10,600,000 for Parks and related projects; $1,875,000 for Fire Fighting Facilities; $1,000,000 for Municipal Facilities; $1,620,000 for Police / Courts Building. Fire Department now full time, and paid. Lakeline Boulevard Opened.
  • 2002

    VA Clinic Opened.
  • 2006

    Voters approve use of Economic Development Sales Tax to fund Cedar Park Center.
  • 2007

    183A Opened. 1890 Ranch opens Oct 2007 – first major shopping center in Cedar Park. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center Opened. Population 45,306
  • 2008

    City breaks ground for Cedar Park Center.
  • 2009

    cp centerCedar Park Center opens with George Strait as featured performer
  • 2012

    City Offices relocate to the City Hall Complex at 450 Cypress Creek Road. Estimated Population 56,567