Walden Mill at Bull Creek

Walden Mill at Bull Creek (HM220K)

Location: Austin, TX 78731 Travis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 22.686', W 97° 46.802'

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Before electricity, flowing water was a prime source of energy to run mills for sawing lumber and grinding grains. The Mormons are credited with construction, in 1846, of one of Travis County's first mills on Bull Creek. That mill was created after the one at the base of Mount Bonnell on the Colorado River washed away.

The Mormons were not the only ones to build mills on Bull Creek. The one shown here was likely built ca. 1850s by Hughell Walden, one of the early settlers to the Bull Creek Valley. This photograph was taken by H.B. Hillyer, Austin based photographer, variously dated at ca. 1869 or 1875.

Clementine Walden Jackson, granddaughter of Hughell Walden, says this mill was used as a lumber mill, shingle mill, and also for grinding corn. The home of Edward Zimmerman, built in 1861, now on the property of The Settlement Home for Children, is said to have been built with lumber from a mill on Bull Creek, quite possibly this one.
HM NumberHM220K
Year Placed2017
Placed ByBull Creek Foundation, Austin Parks & Recreation, Travis County Historical Commission, funding from Luci Thompson, Girl Scout Troop 812
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Date Added Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 617218 N 3361314
Decimal Degrees30.37810000, -97.78003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 22.686', W 97° 46.802'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 22' 41.16" N, 97° 46' 48.12" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin TX 78731, US
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