How Bee Cave Came to Be

In: Outdoors

23 Nov 2013

(map) In the early 1850s, Dietrich Bohls grew tired of the bright lights, big-city feel of Austin. After all, the town was bustling with 900 people, and Mr. Bohls wanted to raise his kids in a quieter, healthier environment. He found a scenic spot a full day’s ride away from Austin, and claimed 40 acres on upper Barton Creek. The family farmed and raised goats andthe original cabins they built and lived in still exist today.

Kitchens were usually built separately from living quarters, because they had an alarming tendency to catch fire.

Along the banks of Barton Creek, colonies of Mexican honeybees created huge hives that folks referred to as “caves.” At first, the Bohls were the only settlers, but as more families heard about the place and moved in, it was referred as “the Bee Caves area.”  When a post office was built in 1870, the town was officially named Bee Cave.

The barn where the family parked their horses at night.

You can visit today and imagine life back in the 1850s. No electricity, no TV, no blogs about west Austin!

Rustic interiors were probably the reason settlers spent most of their time outdoors.

2 Responses to How Bee Cave Came to Be



November 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

A fascinating bit of history. Makes me appreciate what our ancestors had to contend with just to survive.



November 27th, 2013 at 9:28 am

Was wondering if anyone knew where Bruton Springs School sat on Bee Caves Road…..approximate location around Patterson Rd area ?

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