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Crops to cul-de-sacs: As pastoral land disappears in Central Texas, one man holds back the tide

From the cab of his pickup, Ron Collins gives a tour of a bygone era, when his Pilot Knob neighborhood in southeastern Travis County was a country outpost, home to his extended family, which traces its roots there back more than a century.

Here is where his old two-room, all-black elementary school sat — his teacher used to drive him home with a loaf of bread on the dash to warm it up enough that butter would melt right on it.

There is where a cane-wielding neighbor shepherded turkeys on land that is now McKinney Falls State Park.

Here are the creeks and hills where he and his siblings hunted rabbits — and watched greyhounds set off after them.

Read more from Asher Price with the Austin American-Statesman here.