Settlers of the Texas Frontier faced many challenges, among them were maintaining peace with the Native American populations. The Kiowa and Comanche trail lies just southeast of the Pound property – one of the most active trails in the State. However, it is rumored that Dr. Pound was one settler who never had a horse stolen by raiding tribes, for the Indians revered him as medicine man and friend. Dr. Pound enjoyed a close and lasting relationship with the local Tonkawa.
The Pound family envisioned a thriving, industrious and self-sustaining town and they worked hard to lay a firm foundation of community, education, and prosperity for future residents.
As a founding family of what is now Dripping Springs, the Pounds were at the hub of community life, opening their house and grounds to serve as a medical office and hospital, church sanctuary, schoolhouse, and social gathering place.
Dr. Pound was well advanced in today's sustainable living mindset- having built into the home and out-buildings an attached rainwater collection cistern: a self-watering trough for the farm animals, and the amazing in-ground hot house that kept his medicinal herbs and vegetable seedlings growing all winter.