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MUD CITY, TEXAS. Mud City is on Farm Road 969 four miles east of Austin in eastern Travis County. It was so named because Cottonwood Creek, which flowed through the community, flooded badly after a heavy rain and made dirt roads nearly impassable. Early residents moved to the area in the late 1800s from nearby Hornsby Bend. A small general store at Mud City served as the social center for local farmers. The Mud City claim to fame is that FBI agents once waited there hoping to capture Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.qqv By the 1980s the community's general store was in ruins. A homemade sign in front of one local home proclaimed the number of residents to be two.


Austin American-Statesman, August 5, 1982.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl


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

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "MUD CITY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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