MOUNT BONNELL Mount Bonnell is a summit within the western city limits of Austin in central Travis County (at 30°19' N, 97°46' W). In the early 1830s the peak supposedly acquired the name "Antonette's Leap," in memory of a woman who jumped to her death to escape Indians who had just killed her fiancé. Later, it became known as Mount Bonnell, in honor of George W. Bonnell, who moved to Texas in 1836. Overlooking Lake Austin, Mount Bonnell stands at an elevation of 780 feet above sea level, nearly 200 feet higher than the surrounding area, and is a popular picnic area.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Austin American-Statesman, August 12, 1956. James Mulkey Owens, comp., Travis County in Stone, Bronze, and Aluminum (Austin: Travis County Historical Survey Committee, 1971).