Mount Bonnell, a limestone hill towering more than 770 feet over Lake Austin, serves as Austin’s most scenic overlook and an important historic location.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, Mount Bonnell was an important landmark for Native Americans for ages. It has been a destination for picnics and other outings for Austin settlers since the 1840s.
Searching the Statesman’s hidden archives (in a dark corner of the building we call the “morgue”), I found a folder of Mount Bonnell photos from the 1970s and 1980s. Here are 10 of the best: