Plus, Casa de Luz is opening another vegan community kitchen.
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💧 A Deep Eddy dip
Did you know Austinites have been enjoying Deep Eddy Pool for more than 100 years?|Photo by ATXtoday
Summer has officially begun and as far as we’re concerned, there’s no better way to spend a sweltering summer day than by the cool of the pool.

Austinites have their choice of swimming holes — from the famous Barton Springs Pool to city pools and pool bars — but the Capital City is also home to Texas’ oldest swimming pool: Deep Eddy.

“Deep Eddy Resort,” named after a deep hole in the limestone that created an eddy flowing from the Colorado River, first opened in 1902 on the property of siblings Mary and Henry Johnson. Campsites, cottages, and a cable ride to the pool soon followed the resort’s opening.

A mosaic mural showing people in bathing suits and a moontower.

You can learn more about Deep Eddy on the walkway mosaic mural up to the pool.


Photo by Sheila Scarborough

Deep Eddy Pool as Austinites know it today came to be in 1915, when the site was sold to A.J. Eilers Sr., who converted the spring into a concrete pool. Eilers called it “Deep Eddy Bathing Beach,” and grew the resort to include a zip line, water slide, Ferris wheel, and concessions.

After two decades of poolside fun, the City of Austin purchased the property, just weeks before the flood of 1935 poured up to 41 ft of water into the city. The flood destroyed buildings around the pool, which reopened in July 1936 as a public park after repairs.

To this day, the pool is still fed by springs from the Colorado River, but there are a few differences from when it opened over 100 years ago:
So next time you visit, know that Austinites past have done the same for over a century.
How much did the City of Austin pay for the Deep Eddy property in 1935?

A. $7,000
B. $10,000
C. $18,000
D. $25,000
Tuesday, June 25
  • “A Clockwork Orange” | Tuesday, June 25 | 7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $12 | See this classic Stanley Kubrick film, which follows the frightening rehabilitation of a criminal, on the big screen.
  • Tuesday Trivia | Tuesday, June 25 | 8 p.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Co., 3901 Promontory Point Dr., Austin | Free | Grab your brainiest friends and a brew for a battle of wits.
  • The Roundtable | Tuesday, June 25 | 9-10 p.m. | The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd., Unit #2135, Austin | $25 | Magician Rudy Reynoso celebrates 25 years of magic with an interactive show.
Wednesday, June 26
  • Pour the Record: Vinyl Wine Dinner | Wednesday, June 26 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Acre 41 at The Otis Hotel, 1901 San Antonio St., Austin | $90 | Enjoy a four-course meal complete with wine pairings and a playlist created to enhance the experience.
Thursday, June 27
  • Sarah Bird Artist Talk | Thursday, June 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St., Austin | Free | Hear from the journalist and author about her photography exhibition, “A Juneteenth Rodeo.”
  • Austin Movers and Shakers Rockstar Connect | Thursday, June 27 | 6-8 p.m. | The Bon Aire, 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. #101, Austin | Free | Meet Austin professionals and hone your networking skills in a welcoming environment.
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News Notes
  • Make a wish. Construction on the new wishbone-shaped bridge at Longhorn Dam is set to begin on Monday, July 1. Longhorn Shores will be closed to the public and detours will be placed along the Ann and Roy Hike-and-Bike Trail starting Monday, July 15.
  • South Austin bar and venue Giddy Ups will move at the end of its lease in August. According to a release, bar owners are actively searching for a new location, and will host an “Out With a Bang” goodbye party before (temporarily) closing.
  • Allegiant Air will shut down its Austin base of operations early next year after about three years in business, due to the upcoming South Terminal’s demolition. However, the airline will still offer service out of AUS and move to the Barbara Jordan Terminal in January. (Austin Business Journal)
  • Soon, you’ll be able to try your hand at making LeRoy & Lewis recipes at home. Barbecue pitmaster Evan LeRoy will share his knowledge in his upcoming cookbook, “New School Barbecue,” which will be published sometime in 2026. (Eater Austin)
  • This one goes out to all the live music super fans — the first-ever Austin City Limits Music Festival Job Fair is this weekend. The job fair will be open to the public and seeks to connect students to local festivals and venues from 12-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. (KXAN)
  • The Longhorn Network is going through changes. As it is, LHN will end on Sunday, June 30, but starting Monday, July 1, Texas Athletics will relaunch LHN in partnership with ESPN, Endeavor Streaming, and Learfield Studios in celebration of UT Austin’s move to the SEC. (KXAN)
  • Dell Children’s Hospital’s stem cell transplant program is one step closer to reality. The program, which is meant to treat cancers and blood disorders, will likely launch later this year or early next year. (Community Impact)
  • The Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend — how could that change their season? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Houston Astros with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    🍴 Mi casa es su casa
    The new location was built in partnership with two longtime fans of Casa de Luz.|Photo by Richard Casteel of Dandelion Gatherings.
    Are you hungry? One of Austin’s oldest vegan kitchens is expanding into a second location.

    Nonprofit vegan kitchen Casa de Luz (which has been feeding Austinites since 1983) partnered with mixed-use wellness property Casa Este to create the new concept. Casa de Luz Este, 1915 E. MLK Blvd., will open on Friday, June 28.

    Casa Este owners Blake Thompson and Robert McKee have been fans of Casa de Luz for 15+ years. Casa de Luz Este will have a similar focus to Casa de Luz: creating a simplistic vegan menu with fresh, unprocessed foods in a communal dining room.

    The space will be open seven days per week, serving lunch and dinner — with breakfast starting in late summer — plus grab-and-go items.

    The new kitchen will also have volunteer opportunities and partnerships with local farms.
    The Buy
    Stylish men’s summer shirts made from cotton and linen. They come in demure colors like khaki, olive, and gray and are $30 a pop.
    The Wrap
    City Editor Figi poses with an adorable goat. Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    Recently, I’ve been saving all my fruit seeds to take to my local library branch for the community seed box. Did you know your library card can help grow your garden? Here are some other little-known library perks.
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