Even though many college students today complain about the high cost of college tuition, they don't resort to desperate measures to pay the bills. That was not the case, however, for Rebecca Bradley (nicknamed "The Flapper Bandit,"), Buda's most infamous student. In 1926, the student robbed and set fire to several banks in the area to fund her education. She stole $1,000 from Buda's own Farmers National Bank before being arrested. Today, life in Buda is still exciting, although it's quite a bit tamer.
What's in a Name?
Presently, Buda has a population size of more than 15,000 people. It is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Austin, with a population growth of more than 5,000 residents between 2010 and 2016. Buda's proximity to Austin, its beautiful areas, and its rich history make it a desirable place to live.
Buda was established in the 1800s. Initially, the city was founded under the name "Du Pre." Its name was made official and remained in use for about seven years when the city's postmaster realized that there was another Du Pre in Texas that was named first. The town's current name (Buda) essentially translates to "widow" in Spanish. The name reflects the fact that many workers at Buda's first hotel (The Carrington) were reportedly widowed women.
While the hotel was a primary source of economic revenue for Buda, the arrival of the International Great Northern Railroad brought considerably more visitors and economic potential. The train line ran between San Antonio and Austin, and was a vital means of connecting Buda with both prominent cities. Heavy industry, primarily cement, and smaller local businesses sprang up over time, creating a varied and healthy economy for the city.
What's Happening in Buda
Although Buda's residents still work hard, they enjoy some good fun, too. One event that the city is known for is its annual "Wiener dog" races. For that reason, the city is called the "Wiener Dog Capital" of the Lone Star State. The race has grown in popularity over the years, and now about 400 racers (and thousands of spectators) participate. Both racers and participants come from Buda, across Texas, and around the nation to watch this fan-favorite annual spectacle. Along with dog races, the event features food created by local vendors, a barbecue cook-off, live entertainment, and artisans selling homemade goods.
Buda Country Fair
The Buda Country Fair is another much-anticipated event that is now an annual tradition due to popular demand. The outdoor fair celebrates the fact that Buda is in the "Hill Country" of Texas. The Wiener dog races are part of the annual event, which takes place over three days in April. The festival also includes a parade and a variety of activities for all ages, such as DIY arts and crafts stations.
Attractions in Buda
Like any city in Texas, Buda has many attractions worth checking out. One of its highlights is its large volume of open spaces and recreational areas. Because of its access to open lands, the city was called the "Outdoor Capital of Texas" in 2005. Today, it proudly retains that distinction with year-round camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, and wildlife-viewing opportunities.
Historic Stagecoach Park
Buda claims over 10 acres of public park area per 1,000 residents. One of the city's largest and most popular parks is the Historic Stagecoach Park. The stagecoach park offers a combination of natural beauty and history with more than 50 acres covered by trails, open space, and a pond. There is also an amphitheater with occasional events and a pavilion that is available to rent for private parties. Oak trees, mesquite, and abundant wildlife add to the park's beauty.
Garlic Creek Park
Another tranquil oasis in the city is Garlic Creek Park. This park covers about 31 acres of land. In addition to scenic natural areas, it is also equipped for sports and general outside enjoyment with basketball courts, a playground, and picnic areas.
The Circuit of the Americas
Even if you're not racing yourself, watching the professionals in action is just as adrenaline-producing at Circuit of the Americas. This raceway features exciting races throughout the year, and it is the only circuit in the US to host Formula One events. Big-name musicians play there periodically as well.
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