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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Heritage Trail Tour to roll through Lakeway’s history

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Lakeway’s past will spring to life on the city’s next Heritage Trail Tour on April 21.
The Saturday schedule will give families with school age children the opportunity to visit and learn about our city’s historical sites.  
The free bus tours are scheduled to leave at 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. from the Lakeway Heritage Center, 963 Lohmans Crossing. Lakeway Heritage Commission members will guide each tour that lasts about one hour and 15 minutes.
The first Heritage Trail Tour celebrated Lakeway’s Golden Anniversary in 2013, and since then docents have informed and entertained more than 700 participants with facts and humorous anecdotes from the history of Lakeway and Lake Travis area.
Some Heritage Trail Tour highlights are:
Blocker House #1: Lee Blocker was one of the three Houston businessmen who founded and developed Lakeway. Blocker, the only one of the trio to reside here, built three homes on Sailfish street, and each one boasted a beautiful view of Lake Travis. He and his wife, Jean, built Blocker #1 in 1964. Subsequently, the Blockers decided they needed a larger home and built #2 just across the street. Later still, they saw the need for an even larger home and built #3 next to #2.
Riding Stables and Air Park: Rugged land was the terrain at the time of the original Lakeway development. Goats inhabited the site of the original riding stables adjacent to the Lakeway Airpark. In the 1970s, Lakeway residents could fly their planes into the airpark, walk across the runway and rent a horse for a ride through the rugged trails.
Live Oak Golf Course: Learn how the 1965 drought aided construction of the golf course by exposing the tons of fertile soil used by developers to build Live Oak’s fairways. Years later, U.S. Col. Roy Duran, a former World War II POW and Lakeway resident, initiated a 50-flag ceremony on July 4, 1976, to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial. A parade of golf carts carried the flags up the first fairway at Live Oak to honor each state. The Parade of Flags remains a tradition of every Lakeway Fourth of July celebration.
Admission is free for the Heritage Trail Tour, but bus seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve a seat on the Heritage Tour now by calling the Lakeway Heritage Center at 512-608-9533 or emailing [email protected]. Be sure to include name, phone number and email address.

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