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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.
Posted to Happy Trails by Lysa Gonzalez
Posted to Historic Preservation in Buda by Gabriela Moore
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 added 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.