How well do you know the stories behind the names of Mueller’s streets?
In this series, we’ll explore the history behind the diverse cross-section of Austin leaders and legends that make up the names of our neighborhood’s roads.
Round 1: The Boxing Champs
For a city that seemingly knows no other sport than Longhorn Football, it can be easy to forget that many talented athletes have called Austin home, talented athletes like Walter “Big Gil ” Stromquist and Tom Attra.
Tom Attra, a Texas boxing legend who was named National Golden Gloves Champion in both 1942 and 1945, is the namesake of this Mueller road.
Born September 4th, 1918, Mr. Attra was also a four-time state light-heavy-weight champ and won the state TAAF (Texas Amateur Athletics Federation) crown five times achieving state pro champ. His pro record included 23 wins in 24 fights, 22 of them by knockout.
He served as a corporal in the Air Corps during World War II, and after the war Mr. Attra was in charge of Austin American-Statesman street sales for the entire downtown area. He was a familiar sight on Congress Avenue for more than three decades.
One street over from Attra is Stromquist Street, named for Walter “Big Gil ” Stromquist.
At six-foot, ten inches tall, “Big Gil ” Stromquist was a noted Austin Golden Gloves Champion and professional boxer, having fought in Madison Square Garden in 1943.
After retiring from the world of boxing, Mr. Stromquist entered the nightclub business. In 1955 he opened Gil’s Club, one of Austin’s most well known clubs for 27 years.
Stromquist Street? Attra Street? Never heard of it.
That’s probably because they’re still under construction. Located in Mueller’s newest phase, Section 10-1, Stromquist and Attra Streets will both feature courtyard row homes and paseo row homes. Reach out to us if you want to learn more about pricing, floor plans, availability and how you can buy a new home at Mueller before it ever hits the MLS!
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