The area, initially settled as part of a Mexican land grant, was formally established as a city on April 1, 1881, when Cornelia Trimble donated land for a town site at an International-Great Northland Railroad depot there. The city's name is derived from the Spanish word, viuda, meaning "widow." The town was a popular stop for travelers, and its name may refer to a pair of widows who cooked at the notable Carrington House in the late 1800s. Buda is 17 miles south of Austin on I-35. Its growth has paralleled Austin's since the 1980s.

As the "Outdoor Capital of Texas," Buda recently opened a 52-acre Buda Sportsplex park that features a lengthy trail system, fishing pond, playground and xeriscape. 512/312-0084.

Events include the Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races in April; Red, White and Buda in July and Budafest in December.


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