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Mount Bonnell ( ), also known as Covert Park, is a prominent point alongside Lake Austinmarker in Austin, Texasmarker. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s. The mount provides a vista for viewing the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.

Geography

Mount Bonnell is located at 30.3210°N, 97.7736°W (WGS 84 datum). Although the mount is often described as the highest point in Austin, the elevation at its peak (about 780 feet above mean sea level (AMSL)) is less than that of the Jollyville Plateau (max. elevation about 1100 feet AMSL [98997]).

Origin of the name

Mount Bonnell was named after early Texasmarker newspaper publisher George W. Bonnell, who moved to Texas in 1836. George W. Bonnell was publisher of the local paper The Texas Sentinel and was prominent in early Texas and Travis Countymarker (Austin) affairs.

Legend has it that Mount Bonnell was once called Antoinette's Leap, after a young woman who leaped to her death to avoid capture from Native Americans that killed her fiancé.

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Image:Mount_Bonnell_1889.jpg|Outcrop at Mount Bonnell (Hill, 1889)Image:Mt-Bonnell-Rock.jpg|An engraved rock at the top of Mount Bonnell.Image:DSC03384.jpg|A couple enjoys a Texas sunset on Mount Bonnell.Image:Mt-Bonnell_1860_rs.png|Historical Marker at Mount Bonnell - Aug 2008.Image:Mt. Bonnell shelter.jpg|Mount Bonnell shelter

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