Manchaca is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Travis County, Texas, United States. It is located 10 miles (16 km) southwest of downtown Austin. This was a new CDP for the 2010 census with a population of 1133.
Early development around Manchaca probably stemmed from the springs in the area. Manchaca Springs are a stopping place along a portion of the Old San Antonio Road and later the Chisholm Trail.
Over time there has been much conjecture as to the origin of the name “Manchaca”. One school holds that “Manchaca” is derived from the Choctaw word imashaka, meaning “behind it” or “to the rear.” There are two areas in Louisiana that carry that name: Manchac Pass and Bayou Manchac. However, another theory holds that Manchaca Springs was named for Tejano army officer José Antonio Menchaca. The current pronunciation of the name ‘Manchaca’ stems from simple Anglicization.
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