Mustang Ridge, TX


By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: General Entry

Published: April 1, 1995


Mustang Ridge is on U.S. Highway 183 fifteen miles south of Austin in southern Travis and northern Caldwell counties. It takes its name from a small line of hills in the area. A stagecoach way station on the Gonzales-to-Austin route was once located just to the east of the site. Nearby watering holes were popular stopping places for traildrivers and their herds on the way to Kansas. Ranching was the principal occupation of area residents until 1900, when cotton became the main business of the region. Tenant farming was common until ranching regained its importance after the Great Depression. Area schools were in the Creedmoor common school district before 1966, when they were consolidated with the Del Valle Independent School District. Mustang Ridge was incorporated in 1985, when its population was 435. The city limits included about 2,500 acres. In 1990 the population of Mustang Ridge was 576, and the community extended into Bastrop County. The population grew to 785 in 2000.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Mustang Ridge, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/mustang-ridge-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995

Place
Mustang Ridge
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2411203
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Travis County
  • Caldwell County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 30.05159570°
  • Longitude: -97.70250100°
Population Counts
People Year
576 1990
785 2000
861 2010
994 2019