Hill Country Trail Region

Humble Beginnings

Buda's roots can be traced to the International and Great Northern Railroad back in 1880. The expansion of railroad track between Austin and San Antonio gave landowner Mrs. Cornelia A. Trimble the opportunity to begin a plan to plat the city.

In 1881, the town of Du Pre (now Buda) was established. Plots of land were sold, a rail stop was created, and eventually a post office opened. The town's name changed to Buda in 1887 after the post office realized there was already a Du Pre. The town gained a reputation for a great place to rest and eat for rail travelers.

Buda's economy was based on businesses that provided supplies and services to nearby dairy farms and ranches. The local community supported mills, hotels, banks, a lumberyard, two newspapers, a cheese factory, a movie theater, and a skating rink over the years. The local Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1928.

Buda was incorporated in 1948, but it wasn't until the mid-1980 that population began to soar as the growth of Austin started inching towards Buda.

Today's Growing City

Today Buda is a thriving and fast-growing city with major retail and services for our residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Buda became part of the Texas Main Street Program when they were designated as official Texas Main Street City.

Buda is nationally recognized as a historic site, and the the six-block historic downtown proudly features historic homes, buildings and local crafters for visitors to explore. Downtown Buda also offers annual events like the Sip n' Stroll, South Main Music Nights, and Oaks Alive to provide visitors to return time and time again.