The City of Round Rock and the Round Rock Community Foundation partnered to commemorate Round Rock's historical past and on Feb. 20, 2009, at 10 am in Round Rock's Chisholm Trail Park, the Foundation will reveal and dedicate the newest statue in The Crossing.
"The City of Round Rock is looking forward to the continuation of The Crossing in one of its parks and is very grateful for the continuous generosity and participation of those involved to further beautify Chisholm Trail Park," said Rick Atkins, director of Parks and Recreation Department.
When complete, approximately 20 larger than life statues, sculpted by Jim Thomas of Jonestown, will stand in Chisholm Trail Park as reminders of Round Rock's cattle drive history. Statues of Hattie Cluck, her son Emmett Cluck, and two steers are already on display in the park. Future statues will include the rest of the Cluck family, cowboys, and additional steers to depict a full cattle crossing at the round rock for which the city is named. As the Chisholm Trail Park continues to expand, future park amenities will include a natural seating area, an educational kiosk area, garden, and a waterfall and creek scene.
This project would not be possible without the aid of several generous partners and dedicated members of the community.
"We were ecstatic when the Torres family called wanting to donate and partner with us in The Crossing. With each statue we install, we continue to commemorate the City of Round Rock's history at the historic Crossing," Kamali Barron, executive director of the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation said.
The donors of the latest addition to The Crossing project are Edward and Mary Torres and Gloria Torres Zamarripa. Coming from a family of ranchers, the Torres family felt a connection to The Crossing which led to their sponsorship of the latest steer.
"When I became aware of the development of the Chisholm Trail Park, I thought that on several distinctive levels, the Park had a connection to my family, and my family to it. I recalled that in the 1950's, as a kid in elementary school in Round Rock, when one of my teachers taught Texas history, she mentioned there were wagon wheel ruts that could still be seen in the bedrock of Brushy Creek. Thereafter, whether from up close or from afar, I would think about how it might have been in the days of old. I also thought of the bits and pieces of old stories told by my family members," recalled Mr. Torres.
The statue is donated in honor of the Torres' parents, ancestors, and to the future education of the citizens of Round Rock. The newest steer statue is best identified by the Torres Reyes registered brand.
Learn more about the Round Rock Community Foundation at http://www.rrcommunityfoundation.org/.