We moved to Austin, Texas in the late 1990’s, and two years ago moved just 7 miles north to Pflugerville. When I tell people the name of our new city they always ask me to repeat it. It is a nice little town with a strange name, but in many ways it reminds me of where I grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Pflugerville is north of Austin and south of Round Rock. You can buy t-shirts and hats that say “Pflugerville, between a rock and a weird place.” I love that! For those that don’t know, Austin has a slogan of Keep Austin Weird. Round Rock is named for a large round rock in Brushy Creek that once marked a low water wagon crossing for Indians and early settlers.
“Pflugerville was founded in 1860 when William Bohls established a general store and post office in his residence, and named the town in honor of Henry Pfluger. Mr. Pfluger first arrived in the area in 1849, leaving his German homeland to escape the Prussian War.” When you learn this bit of the history the name doesn’t seem as strange. Actually it still does a bit, but it does explain why there is an annual Deutschen Pfest since Mr. Pfluger came here from Germany.
Some of the locals like to capitalize on the Pflugerville name, like the Deutschen Pfest mentioned above. The fun doesn’t stop there though. There is a list of events and businesses that like to use the “Pf” in the spelling. Here are a few I found, but I’m sure I didn’t get them all.
- Pflugerville Pflag – Pflugerville Newspaper
- Pfarmers Market
- Pfinesse Salon & Spa
- Mr. Pfranks Hot Dog Shop
- Pfun Cars – Used Car Sales
- Dolpfin Laserwash Car Wash
- Pfamily Tree Assisted Living
- Pflutto’s Tavern (at the edge of Pflugerville & Hutto)
- The Pfield – New ISD Stadium
- Pfloating Movie Nights at the Pool
- Pfall Chili Pfest
- Pfall Pfestival
- Pfuntx.com – website of Pflugerville attractions, dining, hotels and happenings
- Pfind it here – the search on the Pflugervilletx.gov website
Some people think it is overkill but I think it gives the town quirkiness. I like quirkiness! My daughter said I should use it in my blog name. I’m not sure about that, unless we come up with a good one that I like! Does your town have any quirks or oddities that you know of?