The Dell Diamond, located in Round Rock, is home to The Express, the Triple-A baseball affiliate team of the Texas Rangers.
Photo By Donald G. Martin
Round Rock, Texas is a bedroom community of Austin, Texas. It is in the Hill Country about 15 miles north of Texas’ capitol city. Round Rock is a rapidly growing city thanks to major employers which include Hospira, TECO-Westinghouse, Dell, and Dresser.
Round Rock offers a wonderful school district and great city parks to its residents. The Round Rock Independent School District has been named one of the nation’s top school districts, with multiple campuses that are named national Blue Ribbon schools year after year. Round Rock Medical Center, located on FM 620, off IH-35, provides comprehensive health services to residents of the expanding Williamson County population. Services include The Heart Center with express testing and inpatient capacity of 107 beds with private rooms, The Women’s Center, and an emergency room.
The Round Rock Express, a Triple-A minor league baseball team owned by Nolan Ryan and the farm team for the Texas Rangers, also calls Round Rock, Texas home, playing at the Dell Diamond – one of the finest minor league stadiums in the nation. Shopping centers include the Round Rock Premium Outlets which gives fashion-conscious shoppers their choice of shopping, with more than 120 stores that feature name-brand merchandise at savings of 25 to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day.
The city of Round Rock boasts a population of around 100,000, but retains a small town feel. Most residents report feeling extremely safe walking the streets at night. The crime rate is low. It has received awards for its astounding city planning. Its cost of living is also one of the lowest in the area, with low utility rates and property taxes.
The History of Round Rock
Round Rock started life in the 1800s as the small settlement of Brushy, located near the ford of Brushy Creek. A large round rock sits in the center of the creek, prompting the re-naming of the settlement to Round Rock in 1854 when the Postal Service objected that there were two towns named Brushy in Texas. With the coming of the railroad in 1876, the commercial center of the settlement was moved some miles east of its original location. The original site of Brushy/Round Rock is now known as Old Town.
Many of the buildings in Old Town have been restored and turned into small shops which draw visitors with a love for history. History lovers will also be interested to note the role the Chisholm Trail in the city’s history; although Round Rock was not on the main trail, a feeder led off the Chisholm into the town.
Today, Round Rock, Texas is one of the state’s and the nation’s most pleasant places to live and it has the advantage of being near fabulous Austin, Texas.