In 1991, Jardine’s moved its corporate headquarters to the small, rural community of Buda, just south of Austin, Texas. Building a new state of the art facility on 30 acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Jardine’s became home to not only generations of Jardine’s employees but to a wide array of longhorns, horses, mules, sheep and more. Along with the ranch house, better known as the General Store, and the manufacturing facility, where we produce more than 200 premium products, our ranch is covered in beautiful oak trees and fields where the resident horses, mules and longhorn cattle graze. Come visit us here at the Jardine Ranch next time you’re in Texas. We’d love to share some salsa with you and encourage you to sit a spell!
A little history.... The town of Buda was formally established in 1881 when Cornelia Trimble donated land for a train depot after the International-Great Northern Railroad was extended from Austin to San Antonio. The town was originally called Du Pre. According to town lore the name Du Pre came from the post master of nearby Mountain City, W. W. Haupt, when he pleaded with railroad officials, “Do, pray, give us a depot”.
Du Pre kept this name from 1881 until 1887 when postal officials became aware of another Texas town bearing the same name, which caused confusion for both mail and passengers. By the time Du Pre was forced to find a new name for itself, the Carrington Hotel was already being referenced as “the Buda House.” The train stopped here for food and the Carrington Hotel was a favorite place to eat. According to the town’s oral tradition, the name of Buda is a corruption of the Spanish word “viuda,” or “widow,” referencing the widows who supposedly worked as cooks at the Carrington Hotel.
Over the years, Buda was the center of an agricultural community that was dominated by cotton production, then dairy farming and beef cattle.