The Flapper Bandit
Just before Christmas in 1926, Rebecca Bradley, a twenty-one-year-old student at The University of Texas in Austin, decided to rob banks to pay her college tuition. First, she set fire to a vacant house near downtown Round Rock and rushed into the nearby bank thinking the employees would be distracted by the blaze. When that plan failed, she drove south of Austin to the Farmers National Bank in Buda and pretended to be a newspaper reporter as she made careful notes while interviewing local farmers about their crops and government policies. She secured permission to use the bank’s typewriter inside the teller’s cage. After a time, she pulled a .32 automatic, herded both employees into the walk-in safe and fled with $1,000 in five-dollar bills. Her Ford Model T coupe got stuck in the mud on the way back to Austin; the bank employees used a screwdriver to jiggle their way to freedom; and by the time she reached home she was arrested. Newspapers across the country went nuts reporting on the pretty little coed who they dubbed the “flapper bandit.”
The Wiener Dog Capital of Texas
This annual event and country fair has become so popular in recent years the Buda Wiener Dog Races now attract around 400 racers each year. Although Buda claims the trademarked status of “Wiener Dog Capital of Texas” a significant number of the K-9 racers are from out of town and out of state. The races are held in Buda’s City Park where you can also enjoy food, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment or compete in a Barbeque Cook-Off. The Weiner Dog Races has something for all ages. This Buda tradition, put on by the local Lion’s Club, is held each year on the last full weekend of March.
The Outdoor Capital of Texas
On May 25, 2005 the State of Texas House of Representatives adopted House Concurrent Resolution 105 officially designating Buda as the Outdoor Capital of Texas. Situated at the junction of the Edwards Plateau and the southern Backland Prairie, Buda has long offered citizens and visitors alike a strong sense of connection to the natural world. Native Americans once hunted buffalo, bear, deer, and wild turkey in the environs of Buda. The presence of wild game continues to draw modern professionals and weekend hunters; moreover, fishing, camping, canoeing, and hiking can be enjoyed in the area year-round
Buda Wins Gold
The City of Buda received a gold certification from the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. 1,200 Texas cities and towns applied for certification and 16 were chosen. Buda received a gold certification for its parking lot landscaping; five special districts, including the historic district; strict dark sky regulations; and for meeting national standards of 10 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents.