Ed Rankin came to Lakeway community in the 1970s. Back then, it was mainly a resort and retirement community.
"The highway out here, 620, was two lanes. As a matter of fact, I think there was a piece of it that still had gravel on it," he said. "One guy said he put a snow shovel on the front of his car and he drove until somebody said, 'What is that?'"
Once considered remote and difficult to get to, Lakeway had a small town feel. Now it's a booming community with more than 12,000 residents.
This weekend, the community celebrated its 50th birthday.
"We're only 20 minutes from the city and we're 14 minutes from Texas wine country,” Lakeway resident Ryan Aubert said. “And on the lake--how can you beat it?"
While the lake and the scenery are part of the attraction, what really draws people here is the sense of community.
"The thing that really attracted me down here were the people,” Rankin said, “The people here have been so good, so wonderful. I haven't met anybody I didn't like."
Even though the city is growing, the people who call Lakeway home say they are working to preserve the small town culture.
"Once people move here, they get what Lakeway is all about as far as volunteering and getting involved," Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme said.
Lakeway's golden anniversary celebration continues with several other events through the end of the year.