The History of Anderson Mill
Salutations from Anderson Mill Elementary! I suppose you're wondering about how
we got our name, Anderson Mill. Well, this passage will tell you why our name is
Anderson Mill, plus about Mr. Thomas Anderson's Mill.
Years ago in the 1850's, a man named Thomas Anderson brought his oxen on a long
trip when he suddenly came to a stop. He decided that's where he would build a
home for his family.
This place was around Cypress Creek about twenty miles away from Austin, a long
trek from Pennsylvania by way of Virginia. Finally he had found a beautiful
paradise. There was plenty of water, wood, and game. Everything he needed was
there: stones, timber, and rails for fencing. The enormous cypress trees had
immeasurable possibilities for shingles and lumbering.
Later on Thomas Anderson and his two sons, Abe and Ed, succeeded in completing a
home for the family and constructing a mill. This mill was best known as the
mill where gun powder was made for the Confederacy. Operated by water power, it
was first used as a grist mill. In 1863 under the power of the Texas State
Military Board, it was changed to make gun powder as the Travis Powder Company.
Texas needed gun powder because of the blockade of the Union Army. At one time,
elderly people told a story about three Union Army agents who wanted to destroy
the mill. As the story turns out, all three agents were sentenced to be executed
by the Confederacy.
The original Anderson Mill was torn down and the stones were taken away in the
1940's, around the time when Lake Travis was started. The site of the historic
mill is now under water. The area that is around the mill can't be visited
without permission because it is now private property.
There is now a replica of the mill not too far from Anderson Mill Elementary and
almost across from where the historic mill used to be. You can go there and get
some information about Thomas Anderson, his mill, and many of the old pioneer
things that they had back then. The Anderson Mill Garden Club would appreciate
Our school is named Anderson Mill because that is the name of our community. The
location of our school is 10610 Salt Mill Hollow in Austin, Texas about five
miles from the Anderson Mill replica.
Please come and visit us. You'll receive an official Anderson Mill Welcome.