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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Heritage Trail Tour travels through Lakeway’s history

This is a photo of Lew Carlson speaking on a microphone on the bus for the Heritage Trail Tour.
Funny and colorful anecdotes will entertain guests as they visit Lakeway’s historical sites on the city’s next Heritage Trail Tour on April 7.
Lakeway Heritage Center is now accepting reservations for three bus tours 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 is free and 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 three Lakeway founders who ever resided 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 Airpark: 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.

Astronaut Alan Shepard’s Home: The home at 818 Mariner was built in 1966 by astronaut Alan Shepard and his wife, Louise. Shepard made history on May 5, 1961, as the first American in space. In 1971, during his second space flight, Shepard landed on the moon. Lakeway resident Anna-Brita Stevens tells how she gathered with friends and neighbors that day for a potluck dinner and to watch TV coverage of Shepard’s moon walk, but a power outage prevented them from witnessing their friend’s historic feat.

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 history@lakeway-tx.gov. Be sure to include name, phone number, email address, and number of seats desired.
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