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Pogue Springs Preserve

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• Travis County parks
• story about Hamilton Pool
• story about Reimers Ranch
 

In late 2005, Travis County voters supported a bond package that has allowed the county to expand its park system. The latest additions to the Travis County Park system include Reimers Ranch and Pogue Springs Preserve, both located along Hamilton Pool Road. What sets Pogue Hollow apart from Hamilton Pool and Reimers is the undisturbed beauty of the land as well as its caves, rock walls and spring-fed pools. To preserve Pogue Springs Preserve, this area is only open for guided tours on Saturday mornings.

Photo: park officers view landscpe Park Ranger Jeff Allbritton explains that the site was nearly lost for posterity: "Where Pogue Hollow is located is actually a piece of property that one of the Reimers had sold to the Hogge Family about five years ago. It was actually up for development." Luckily for Travis County residents, the development never took place. And with voters approving a bond to expand its park system, Pogue Springs Preserve and Reimers Ranch became the latest addition to the Travis County Park system.

Travis County residents now have a gem of a park in Pogue Springs Preserve. Park Ranger Michael Brewster will work to ensure that the beauty found in this preserve will remain here for generations to come. "I'd like to think that if I came back a hundred years from now on a tour, that I would say, oh I know where this is and everything would look the same. And it's sort of like a big living museum of the Central Texas hill country that we're starting to lose as development grows," says Michael.

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