Hill Country
2010 Census - 7,295
2000 Census - 2,404
Buda, Texas
Buda Texas History:
The Buda area was settled in the mid-1840s by Philip J. Allen. The town was established in 1881 when Cornelia Trimble donated land for a townsite to be developed around the International-Great Northern Railroad depot. Residents and businesses from the early settlement of Mountain City moved to the new townsite whose post office was originally called Du Pre.In 1887, the name was changed to Buda, the Spanish word for widow. The name may refer to two widows who cooked at the Carrington Hotel in the 1880s. During its early years, Buda was a popular eating stop on the railway, and was a supply center for area ranchers and farmers. Local businesses organized a chamber of commerce in 1928. Buda remained an active commercial center and railroad depot until the Great Depressionwhen the population fell from a high of 600 in 1929 to 300 by 1933. The population did not reach 600 again until the mid-1980s when Austin’s growth led to more Austin workers living in Buda. Buda incorporated in 1948. It is still a rural residential area with many residents commuting to Austin for work. Memorial benches are located along the business district on Main Street. Buda hosts the popular annual Buda Lions Club Country Fair and the popular and fun April Wiener Dog Races. Main Street is home to several antique stores, restaurants and historic buildings. Buda is located on IH-35, FM 967 and North Loop 4 (Main Street), 32 miles southeast of Lakeway, 20.4 miles southeast of Dripping Springs, 14 miles southeast of Driftwood, 15.4 miles southwest of Austin, 18.8 miles southwest of Elroy, 40 miles west of Bastrop, 25.7 miles northwest of Lockhart, 40 miles northwest of Luling, 36.5 miles northeast of New Braunfels, 19.8 miles northeast of San Marcos, 10.3 miles northeast of Creedmoor, 8.8 miles northeast of Kyle, and 22.6 miles northeast of Wimberley, Texas.