Thankful to Live in Round Rock ~ Day 4: Hairy Man Road

We are so very blessed to live in such a great city – Round Rock is unique in that it’s big enough to have everything that we need, but still has that small town feel.  Many of you know, I started Round the Rock because I wanted everyone to know and take advantage of all the fun things there are to do here in the Rock.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to reflect on 30 things that make me Thankful to live in Round Rock.

30 Reasons why I’m Thankful to live in Round Rock
Day #4: Hairy Man Road

The first day I ever visited Round Rock, our realtor drove us down Hairy Man Road.  I know now it was purposeful – to show us how beautiful of a community we could live in.  I never could imagine that 6 years later, it would turn out to be one of my favorite roads to drive on. And it has such a unique story too!

It’s is a gorgeous road to drive down – winding, quiet, tree-covered – and when the sun is shining, it’s a little slice of heaven you never expected to happen upon.  Running alongside the Brushy Creek, the prettiest part of this road is found just south of Sam Bass (right past the 7-Eleven).  I gently curves along, the trees making a canopy across the road.  It honestly belongs out in the country, not smack-dab in the city – but we’ll take it.

Now the interesting part of Hairy Man Road is to hear where it’s name came from.  I have asked around and have heard numerous versions of the same story.

Here’s Weird US’s version:

...the legend goes that a young boy in the 1800’s became separated from a settlers’ caravan during a dark and stormy night, while the group was trying to escape the rising waters of a nearby creek.

He managed to survive on his own and became a hermit in the area. Not being civilized, he avoided contact with people and terrorized anyone who dared entered his domain of the wooded area along what became known as Brushy Creek.

Frightening stagecoaches and solitary riders alike, his legend grew in the area until one day the horses leading a speeding stagecoach trampled him to death while he attempted his infamous intimidation.
Now the legend did not stop there. To this day, frightened travelers of the road swear that they have seen a large, very hairy man lurking in the bushes and overgrowth along side the road. Teenagers use the road for thrill seeking with young men hope that stopping on the road will encourage their date to seek safety in their arms.

Not ones to ignore such a fantastic tale, Round Rockers celebrate our infamous “Hairy Man” by holding a Hairy Man Festival each year.

Regardless of the name, I think it is a beautiful drive, one that relaxes me each time I drive down it and that is why I am Thankful for Hairy Man Road.

Just a small disclosure here – I am not receiving any financial compensation to tell you what I am thankful for in Round Rock. I am simply telling you about places, objects, & opportunities that have blessed me & my family. 

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