Williamson County, Texas

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Williamson County (sometimes abbreviated as "Wilco")[1] is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area.[2] In 2009, the population was 410,686, a 57.7% increase from the 2000 figure.[3] Its county seat is Georgetown.[4] The county is named for Robert McAlpin Williamson (1806?-1859), a community leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto.[5] He was also affectionately known as "Three Legged Willie" due to a childhood illness that withered his right leg which he pulled up behind this thigh and upon which we also wore a wooden leg extension.[5]

The majority of Williamson County lies to the east of the Balcones Escarpment (also known as the Balcones Fault) an area which is made up of black clay and sedimentary fertile soils. Much of this area is used for agriculture and for raising cattle. West of the Escarpment is the beginning of the Texas Hill Country characterized by rugged hills that consist of thin layers of soil lying on top of limestone.[6] Interstate 35 runs along the fault line dividing the two distinct regions.


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