As part of my travels around the United States, one of the things I want to blog about are the small towns. I will try to find at least one really interesting thing about the town and throw in a few pictures while I’m at it (it is what I do). So I figured why not start with the small town that I live in. The first “town” will be the City of Leander. Personally I love this little suburb of Austin. It has grown quite a bit in the last 15 years, since we moved here in 2001. It has that small town feeling with the big city (Austin) access. It’s approximately 20 miles northwest of Austin. I think what it is most known for around central Texas is the once a month car show. This show brings in people in from all over central Texas to show off their rides. You can see some of those on my website www.donnygreenway.com or come on out for a visit the first Sunday of the month. See their Facebook page at Leander Car Show.
Other Facts: According to Wikipedia – Leander (/liˈændər/ lee-an-dər) is a city in Williamson and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 26,521 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth fastest-growing city in the state of Texas, a suburb just north of Austin, and is part of the Greater Austin metropolitan area. Leander was established in 1882 on land sold by the Austin and Northwestern Railroad Co. to prospective citizens. The town was named in honor of Leander “Catfish” Brown, one of the railroad officials responsible for the completion of the line. It was near Leander that the Leanderthal Lady, a skeleton dating back 10,000 to 13,000 years, was discovered; the site was one of the earliest intact burials found in the United States.
Population: 31,717 (in 2013)
Interesting Fact: The Leanderthal Lady, discovered in January 1983, is the name given to the skeletal remains of a prehistoric woman found at the Wilson-Leonard Brushy Creek Site (an ancient Native American campsite) in the city of Cedar Park, Texas, by the Texas Department of Transportation. The remains were also alternatively labeled “Leanne”. Both names were inspired by the proximity of the site to the town of Leander, to the north.
Carbon dating and stratigraphic analysis showed the remains to be 10,000 to 13,000 years old. The skeleton is of a five-foot, three-inch tall female who was approximately eighteen to thirty years old at the time of death.
The find was significant as one of the oldest and most complete human skeleton finds in North America
Photo courtesy of The Williamson Museum in Georgetown