Lampasas County, Texas

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Lampasas County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 17,762. Its seat is Lampasas[1]. The county is named for the Lampasas River.

Lampasas County is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.


History Timeline

  • Indigenous peoples first inhabitants of the area. Later known tribes in the area include Tonkawa, Lipan Apache and Comanche.[2]
  • 1721 The Aguayo expedition is said to have passed through the county.[3]
  • 1853 Moses Hughes and his invalid wife, Hannah (Berry), become the first permanent settlers, seeking to take advantage of the medicinal springs.[4]
  • 1854 John Patterson is the first man to cultivate land in the county.[5]
  • 1855 Elizabeth and George W. Scott lay out the town of Burleson, named for her father. The town is later re-named Lampasas when it becomes the county seat.[2]
  • 1856 The Sixth Texas Legislature forms Lampasas County, named after the Lampasas River, from parts of Travis, Bell, and Coryell counties. Burleson, renamed Lampasas, is made the county seat.[4]
  • 1858 The northeastern corner of Lampasas County becomes part of Hamilton County.[2]
  • 1859 The Lampasas Guards are organized to ward off Indian attacks.[6]
  • 1860 Lampasas County population 1,028. About 15 percent are slaves.[2]
  • 1861 Indian raids increase in Lampasas as able bodied men are off fighting in the war.[4]
  • 1872 Townsen’s Mill is built by Perry and Jasper Townsen. Steam mill cut "rawhide" lumber and ground wheat and corn.[7]
  • 1874 Henry A. Chadwick and son Milam build a sawmill, flour mill, cotton gin.[8]
  • 1875 Farmers' Alliance is born in Lampasas in reaction against the cattle rustling and illegal land dealings prevalent in the county.[9][2]
  • 1877 Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon[10]
  • 1882 The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway extends its line west from Belton to Lampasas.[4]
  • 1885 Texas Bankers Association, the oldest and largest in the United States, has its beginnings in Lampasas.[11]
  • 1887 Mills County receives northern and northwestern sections of Lampasas County.[2]
  • 1892, April 20 – First State meeting of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is held in Lampasas.[12]
  • 1902 Pierian Club of Lampasas civic women's organization is chartered.[13]
  • 1920’s Texas Power and Light Company arrives in Lampasas County.[2]
  • 1934 The Lower Colorado River Authority brings electricity to the county.[2]
  • 1935 Rollins-Brook Hospital opens near Lampasas.[2]
  • 1942 Fort Hood opens as a military training base. Hancock Park in Lampasas is temporarily turned over to the troops as a recreational area.[4]
  • 1949 Lone Star Gas establishes services in the county.[2]
  • Lampasas Mother's Day Flood[14]

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