Named by Governor Elisha Pease after the town in Connecticut where he was born. Fun fact: Governor Pease has a West Austin park named after him, which annually hosts Eeyore’s Birthday -- my favorite event.
Pronounced, “Kay-Nig,” this road was named after the North Austin developer, Adolph Koenig.
The suburb with the funny name was founded in 1860, and named after Henry Pfluger. Pfluger arrived in the area in 1849 from Germany and purchased 160 acres of land and later exchanged the land for a larger farm further from present day Pflugerville to raise cattle and grow crops.
There is actually a nonprofit group whose goal is to rename Manchaca Rd, affectionately known to its South Austin residents as ”Man-Chack,” to Menchaca Road, after Jose Antonio Menchaca who fought in the Texas Revolution because, well, the current name is basically a typo.
Named after a mill and its owner, Thomas Anderson, who lived in the vicinity in the 1850s. Well, that was literal.
These days, Manor is, well, a small city. Named Manor. But back in the 1830s, it was a large area of fertile soil that was attracting farmers like James Manor. The towns of Webberville and Manor were rivals when it came time for the railroads to determine where to lay tracks. A lifelong friend of Sam Houston, James Manor offered up his own land and helped grow Manor into a bustling trade center.
You know you’ve officially returned to city limits when you hit Slaughter Lane after a road trip to SA. But, why the gruesome name? Fortunately, it has nothing to do with murderous urban legends you assume. Stephen F. Slaughter received the original grant of land in the area in 1835, and was one of the first settlers in the current Travis County area. He acted as a delegate alongside Sam Houston in many matters: the Texas fight for independence, better judicial systems, and (thankfully) opposed slave trafficking into Texas. So, there you go. No crazy story that will get made into a horror classic, then remade into a shitty, straight-to-Redbox movie.
Bee Cave Rd is named after a single cave that once held a large bee colony. We’re still frightened of bees after the (spoiler alert!) scene in the 1991 hit film, My Girl, in which Macaulay Culkin’s character is stung by bees until he’s dead.