Joseph Bonnell News

Proposed changes for Mt. Bonnell


6 Feb. 2013
Since the 1840s historical documents have recorded visitors taking advantage of the sweeping views of Mt. Bonnell. More than 170 years later, the scenic area attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.

Volunteers spruce up Mount Bonnell for holiday visitors


10 Jan. 2013
West Point Society of Austin hosted its ninth Mount Bonnell cleanup event in November, after adopting the historic park several years ago.

Mount Bonnell Improvements Continue


Dec. 2012
PARD, in partnership with the West Point Society of Central Texas and a partial grant from Keep Austin Beautiful, has recently completed construction of a permanent double sided kiosk on Mount Bonnell's summit.

Proposed private project to improve Mount Bonnell park on hold


9 Oct. 2012
Article from In Fact Daily reporting Austin City Historic Landmark Commission opposition to WPSCT proposal for restoration and improvement of visitor amenities at Covert Park

Mount Bonnell faces identity crisis


Monday, 13 Aug. 2012, 7:50 pm
One of the tallest peaks in Travis County might have fallen victim to an error in history. The namesake of Mount Bonnell now hinges on a court battle, pitting the state against some retired members of the military.

Spat over Mount Bonnell plaque heads to appeals court


Saturday, 11 Aug. 2012, 9:17 p.m.
A group that passionately maintains that an iconic northwestern Austin park suffers from a case of mistaken identity is not backing down despite a dismissal by Travis County District Court.

Could Mt. Bonnell Be Named After The Wrong Person?


Friday, 13 July 2012, 6:44 pm 
Austin’s Mt. Bonnell could be named after the wrong Bonnell, according to the West Point Society of Central Texas.  West point graduate and military historian, Sel Graham stumbled upon the mistake 15 years ago. He says he was researching early Texas West Point grads.

Society sues state Historical Commission over Mount Bonnell marker


Saturday, 24 Sept. 2011, 8:52 pm
In 1969, the Texas Historical Commission's historical marker on Austin's Mount Bonnell dedicated the landmark to George W. Bonnell...But members of the West Point Society...said the commission got the wrong Bonnell...

Young Texas Historian Writes Award Winning Essay About Joseph Bonnell, USMA Class of 1825


Uses West Point Society of Central Texas maintained web site to create award-winning essay, is scheduled to present his paper in Austin on May 7th during Texas History Day observances at the Bob Bullock Museum Texas State History Museum.

Austin, Texas, April 30, 2011–Truman Dowdy, a middle school student in Tomball, Texas and member of the Texas Young Historians has won their Junior Division Lone Star Leadership Award for an essay about an 1825 graduate of West Point entitled “Joseph Bonnell: The Forgotten Texas Leader.” The award, sponsored by the Texas State History Association includes a medal, a $75 prize, and a scholarship to the Lone Star Leadership Academy, supported by Education in Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.

Downtown and River Views Restored at Mount Bonnell


By Alana Moehring Mallard
West Austin News, February 03, 2011 (Reprinted by Permission)

Even on a Monday morning a steady stream of tourists and visitors came to the top of Mount Bonnell, and all of them stopped at the limestone overlook to see Lake Austin to the west and at a picnic table to admire the downtown skyline to the east.

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