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Dripping Springs is a popular tourist town just outside of Austin, located in Hays county. On June 5, 1857, John Moss was appointed the first postmaster. To have a post office, the community needed a name. Nannie Moss officially named it for the “dripping springs” at the Milk House Branch of the Edwards Aquifer, a gathering place for the Tonkawa Indians. Dripping Springs became a stagecoach stop and part of a freight line that ran between Austin and Fredericksburg. The last reported Indian raid occurred in 1872.
Just a few miles away, Hamilton Pool Preserve is is located about 23 miles (37 km) west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71. It's a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. Hamilton Pool has been a popular summer swimming spot for Austin visitors and residents since the 1960s. Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres (0.94 km2) of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot (15 m) waterfall flows.
The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone that rest by the water's edge; large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above. The ceiling and surrounding cliffs of the grotto are home to moss, maidenhair fern and cliff swallows. The Ashe juniper (cedar) uplands of the preserve are home to the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.
The natural pool and creek are not chemically treated, so water quality is monitored regularly and swimming is occasionally restricted. Hamilton Pool is part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and is a protected environment.
Boasting over 35 wedding venues within a 15-mile radius, from extremely elegant to down-right rustic, Dripping Springs is an ideal location for weddings of all shapes and sizes. Tucked into the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, you will find a relocated 19th century Vietnamese chapel, rustic barns, historic mansions, churches, chapels, and more.
In addition to discovering their perfect venue, a couple can find everything they need in the Wedding Capital of Texas® to create their dream nuptials into reality. Local wedding accoutrements include ministers, wedding planners, florists, bakeries, photographers, catering, and of course, all kinds of romantic honeymoon possibilities.
With our hills hosting over 1000 weddings a year, even the Texas Legislature agreed, Dripping Springs is the official Wedding Capital of Texas.
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