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Near Bertram in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community

 
 
Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
1. Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community Marker
Inscription.  

Settlement in this part of Burnet County began in the 1850s. Two early communities were Mahomet and Sycamore Springs, originally located 8 miles from each other. Pioneers of Mahomet were George Ater, William G. Hall, and Mr. Sanford, while Sycamore Springs was settled by the Smart, Stewart, and Williams families. Although Sycamore Springs once had 3 gins, a general store, a school, and 2 churches, little evidence of the community now remains.

Much speculation has taken place over the years concerning the origin of the unusual name of the Mahomet settlement. Research now indicates that the town was probably named by first postmaster George Ater, who came to Texas from Mahomet, Illinois. both the original Mahomet Post Office and an Austin-Lampasas Stage stop were located at his home.

The Mahomet Christian Church, moved from Sycamore Springs in 1899, continues to worship near this site. Mahomet is also the home of the Mt. Horeb Masonic Lodge, which was relocated from nearby Williamson County in 1915. The community burial ground (.5 mi. SW dates from the early 1850s.

The history of these two related settlements
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Erected 1968 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9728.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 30° 49.263′ N, 97° 56.056′ W. Marker is near Bertram, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is on FM-243, 0.1 miles west of CR-284, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bertram TX 78605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Horeb Lodge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mahomet Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smart-McCormick Home (approx. 1.4 miles away); Prairie View Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Briggs State Bank (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Community of Briggs (approx. 4.7 miles away); Andice Baptist Church (approx. 5˝ miles away); Connell Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bertram.
 
Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
2. Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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