In the summer of 1962, three wise men from the east discovered a lovely inlet on recently created Lake Travis, approximately twenty miles west of Austin. The following year they built and opened the Lakeway Inn. Despite the surrounding land being populated mostly by goats, the founders laid out residential streets, hoping that a few hardy souls might build vacation or retirement homes. They considered permanent homes unrealistic because the Austin media and Realtors thought Lakeway too distant for a sensible commute.
Despite such humble beginnings, Lakeway developed into a multifaceted community of some 14,000 inhabitants, abetted by the tireless efforts of countless volunteers. Also unique are Lakeway’s picturesque greenbelts, canyonlands, nature parks, walking trails, and, of course, Lake Travis. Lewis H. Carlson’s Lakeway: A Hill Country Community is a superb historical tribute to our cherished community combining more than 100 stunning images with the author's engaging narrative.
This splendid coffee table book features page after page of visual delights capturing and illuminating the development of Lakeway and Western Travis County.