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Do not allow the proposed renaming of Manchaca Road to Menchaca Road.
  • Petitioned Austin City Council

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Austin City Council

Do not allow the proposed renaming of Manchaca Road to Menchaca Road.

    1. Petition by

      Alan Galbreath

      Austin, TX

The name Manchaca dates back 163 years to 1849 in reference to popular and prolific natural springs in the area known as Manchaca Springs. Historic research indicates the first community to use the name and spelling, Manchaca, came into existence before the turn of the 20th century. It was then that the International and Great Northern railroad built tracks through this area of far, southern Travis County, headed toward Austin and used the name Manchaca. Oral tradition holds that the community takes its name from the nearby Manchaca Springs. Historic Texas maps dating back to 1849 have indicated the location and the spelling of these springs as Manchaca Springs. Additional documents, dated as early as 1841, written by travelers through this area, clearly indicate the name of these springs as Manchaca Springs. Furthermore, some of these documents purport the pronunciation as “Manshac”.

Interestingly, the Handbook of Texas, indicates local residents assert the nearby springs and community were named for Jose Antonio Menchaca, a true Texas hero and soldier, who may have camped at these springs. This fact cannot be proven. Consequently, the Handbook of Texas does not clearly state the origin of this community’s name. Early churches, businesses and pioneering families utilized the spelling of this name as Manchaca for the last 163 years. The State of Texas and the City of Austin have correctly reflected the historic proof of the spelling of this name by signs indicating the main artery between this community and Austin proper as Manchaca Road.

Renaming this road is tantamount to rewriting history while violating the honor and sanctity of the citizens of this area who have long used the Manchaca spelling for their homes. Manchaca Road leads to a thriving community whose name is Manchaca, Texas.

Preserve and Protect -- Do not allow the proposed renaming of Manchaca Road to Menchaca Road. The destination of Manchaca Road is the community of Manchaca, and the proposed renaming would negate the 131 year documented history of the community and the main artery leading to it. Renaming a main artery to an established community based upon unsupported hearsay or oral history suppresses all proven research and is not historically or financially prudent.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
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      Alan Galbreath
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    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      I grewup in Manchaca

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    • Beverly Cain BASTROP, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I went to Menchaca Elementart and lived in Machaca Texas from the time I was 6 til I was 24. Leave things alone because they are prefect the way they are.

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    • Phillip Raye MANCHACA, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      As a resident of Manchaca for 33 years, I appreciate the real, documented history and resent Austin's meddling.

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    • Estanislado T. Cerda SHERMAN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I lived in the Austin area for years ,and Manchaca was another area i lived too It has it's own History or years ,

      it doesn't matter who ,in the past Camped the area, their names were not Manchaca ,It had it's name already ! "So, leave be what already is" In the Name Of Texas History .

      Thank You ;

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    • Lisa Barrett BUDA, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Don't revise history that is not a proven fact.

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