Introduction to Leander, Texas
Leander, Texas, in Williamson county, is 11 miles NW of Round Rock, Texas (center to center) and 22 miles N of Austin, Texas. The city is part of the Austin - San Marcos metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
This region was originally home to various tribes of Native Americans. When the Europeans first arrived in the 1500s, it was occupied by the Tonkawa Indians. In the late 1700s, the Comanches and Kiowas used the area as hunting grounds. The settlers in the region were frequently attacked by the Indians. In order to protect them, Stephen F. Austin sent men to build a blockhouse in 1835, but this fort was burned down by the Comanches in 1837. In the 1840s, the community was named "Bagdad" after the Tennessee hometown of one of the settlers. In 1882, the town was officially established as "Leander." It was named in honor of a railroad official, Leander "Catfish" Brown. In 1983, the skeletal remains of "Leanderthal Lady," a prehistoric woman, were discovered near the city. Leander was officially incorporated on January 21, 1978 and is now a rapidly growing metropolitan area.
Leander and Nearby Attractions
- State Capitol
- Bastrop State Park
- Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum
- Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
- Longhorn Cavern State Park
Things To Do In Leander
The State Capitol, which was dedicated in 1888, is situated near Leander. When it was established, it was the country's largest state capitol. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum features artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the region's historical and cultural background. Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin Museum of Art, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park are some of the other historic sites and museums in the area. The 3,503-acre Bastrop State Park offers opportunities for backpacking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, camping, biking, and golfing. Scuba diving can be enjoyed at the Inks Lake State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Crystal Falls Club.
The closest major airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Leander Higher Education
Austin Community College, University of Texas at Austin, and Huston-Tillotson University are some of the colleges near Leander.