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Hamilton Pool Preserve - Near Austin, Texas

The land where this naturally forming grotto is hidden was originally owned by Morgan C. Hamilton. Sold to a cattle ranching family during the 1880s, the legend goes that the son of the new owners discovered the stunning natural phenomenon by chance while exploring his family’s new land. Although the grotto posed a danger to the family’s cattle, they recognized its tourism value and they opened it for recreational use soon after – naming it Hamilton Pool after the land’s first owner. [Read more]

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