German-Texan Heritage Society
Promoting Awareness and Preservation of the German Cultural Heritage of Texas

Speaker Series

November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Our Sunday Afternoon Speaker Series Presents:

Edda Buchner, author of Texas Kaktuswein

Former journalist Edda Buchner has just returned from a well-received speaking tour in Frankfurt/Germany with enjoyable stories from 30 years of experiences on her family’s Garden Ridge Bat Creek Ranch, which was first owned by German settlers in 1854.

Refreshments will be served!

Have suggestions for our speaker series? Contact Karen at or 512-4674569.




Guided Waller Creek tour led with commentary by Carolyn Wright, Co-author of Austin’s Waller Creek
This free event is scheduled on Sunday, November 13, at 5:30 PM at the historic German Free School, 507 E. 10th St at the intersection with Red River St.  There is free street parking on 10th St on Sundays.
Following a 30 minute introductory commentary this one hour walking tour starts at 6 PM.
For reservations please contact Carolyn Wright at 512-343-7205 or at
Please provide your name, contact information and number of reservations.
Reservation requests are limited to 20 for this scheduled tour group.  Carolyn will notify and schedule another tour for extra persons requesting reservations on another day during this special display in Waller Creek before it ends on November 19.
A little bit of history about The Waller Creek Area (taken from “Historic Austin”) by Sharon Greenhill
Waller Creek, since Edwin Waller’s 1839 survey of Waterloo, has served as a dynamic physical force shaping cultural and environmental boundaries in Austin. Named for Waller, it was designed as the city’s easternmost edge, and consequently, the first boundary to be crossed by those arriving form the “civilized” East. Many of these settlers arrived by boat at Stone’s Ferry Dock built in 1854 at the foot of the creek. Later, after Reconstruction, they arrived by stagecoaches. Bridges erected across Waller by early 1870s provided easier access into the city.
A tributary of the Colorado River, Waller extends from Town Lake to north of Hyde Park. It has been plagued in the past with flooding, with numerous drownings in the creek reported through the years. But entries from early journals provide an otherwise picturesque glimpse of its past grandeur as a year-round running stream, abounding with fish and game.
As the city expanded beyond its original boundaries, the demise of Waller was inevitable. Dispersion of Anglo, German and later, Lebanese and Italian communities that had developed around the creek resulted in an increase of absentee landlords, warehouse activities and shanties along its corridors. By the 1930s, its importance had diminished as its image as a drainage ditch and garbage bin proliferated. Later, construction of IH 35 and the prodigious growth of UT further reinforced these images. 
Fortunately, its potential as an environmental resource of the Austin community is again being realized. Recent public and private commitment to the redevelopment of the Waller Creek corridor will result in the completion of hike and bike systems along Waller from MLK Blvd. to Town Lake, as well as increased residential use. Acting as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the inner city, the influence of Waller Creek in Austin’s development has come full circle.



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