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Austin's Montopolis Neighborhood-Book

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  • Montopolis is a multiethnic neighborhood located approximately four miles southeast of downtown Austin.
  • The area was long visited and occasionally occupied by various Texas Indian nations; the first documented European or American to settle here was Jessie C. Tannehill, who in 1830 built a cabin and townsite and gave the new community its pretentious name.
  • Instead of establishing a permanent presence in Montopolis, however, subsequent European colonizers looked a few miles upriver to the new settlement of Waterloo, later to be called Austin.
  • Rural and sparsely populated, the remainder of the 19th century saw the Montopolis area used primarily for plantation agriculture.
  • In the 1920s, succeeding waves of Mexican migrants helped establish the modern neighborhood that exists today.
  • Between the 1950s and 1970s, the City of Austin annexed Montopolis, although the area retains much of its rural character.

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