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Dripping Springs in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

W.T. Chapman

W. T. Chapman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 8, 2019
1. W. T. Chapman Marker
Inscription.  Born in Georgia, William Thomas Chapman (1835-1917) came to Texas after the Civil War during which he was wounded, incarcerated and released after taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. By 1872, he was in the Dripping Springs area. He married widow Martha (Box) Marshall (1835-1924) shortly after the passing of her husband, Burrell J. Marshall. Chapman raised Martha's five children and two of their own. He became the postmaster and stagecoach station operator for the area.

Chapman was integral to bringing about the first public works in the settlement. In the 1870s, Chapman likely helped build the first school and was a founding trustee of Hays County School District #10. In July 1872, Chapman provided land for the First Baptist Church, which later burned. Chapman donated two acres in 1881 for the construction of Dripping Springs Academy, which doubled as a school and a church. He built a boarding house and hotel to supplement the complex. Partnering with both A.L. Davis Sr. and Jr., Chapman became a prominent merchant.

In 1881, Chapman used Martha's 260 acres inherited from the Marshall estate to create twelve
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blocks and six streets that would be known as Dripping Springs. He named the main street after their son, Mercer. Homes and new businesses sprouted, leading Chapman to file for additional plats of land in subsequent years. Also active in Confederate veterans' affairs, Chapman helped found Camp Ben McCullouch, serving as adjutant. W.T. Chapman played an active role in the creation and subsequent success of Dripping Springs. He lies buried in Wallace Mountain Cemetery which he and A.L. Davis Sr. established.
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20107.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1872.
Location. 30° 11.539′ N, 98° 5.568′ W. Marker is in Dripping Springs, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is on West Mercer Street, 0.1 miles east of U.S. 290, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dripping Springs TX 78620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Marshall-Chapman Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Dripping Springs Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Dripping Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Joseph M. Pound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dripping Springs United Methodist Church
W. T. Chapman Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 8, 2019
2. W. T. Chapman Marker Area
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Phillips Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Elsner (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mt. Gainer (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dripping Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 29, 2023