The Mound

Flower Mound is named for a 12.5 acre, smooth cretaceous mound, covered with blue stem grasses and indigenous flowers, on the southern line of the John R. Wizwell survey, which rises to a height of some 650 feet above sea level - about fifty feet above the surrounding prairie. The name was given in the 1840's (originally named "Long Prairie") because of one particularly abundant growth year, wildflowers frequently being more abundant in one year than another. Because early pioneer settlers used The Mound as a hay meadow and never plowed, the wildflowers were conspicuously abundant in wet springs. However, wildflowers and native prairie grasses flourish throughout the year. The non-profit Mound Foundation has identified more than 175 species of wildflowers.

Legend says The Mound was a sacred ceremonial ground used by Wichita Indians dating back to the early 1800s. Another legend is that nothing may be built on the mound. One aspect of this legend involves Flower Mound Presbyterian Church. Materials were said to have been stacked on the mound in preparation for the erection of a church building when a tornado swept across the mound, flinging the materials before it. The elders of the church immediately changed site plans. (This does not correspond to known history of the Flower Mound church site.) A similar legend involves a house about to be erected on the mound which was also blown away. The builder quickly moved his home site to the north side of the mound and there (according to the legend) it stands today. (1973)

The mound is a noticeable landmark and had enjoyed a kind of community status since settlement began. The Mound is now referred to as The Flower Mound. This unusual piece of land, located near the intersection of FM 3040 and FM 2499, is now a historical site. Since 1974, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service is held every year at this beautiful location.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online Brief History of Flower Mound Discover Flower Mound

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