The village of "old Smithville" was laid out on 640 acres of land granted to Thomas J. Gazley and Lewis Lomas. The town was located on the Colorado River in the northeast section of present Smithville. There were mercantile stores, dry goods shops and a Masonic Lodge. In 1876, the first post office was established with John Pride Jones as postmaster.
The Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railroad, later a part of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas system [MKT, "Katy"] arrived in 1886 and the town relocated along the tracks.
Legend has it that a coin was tossed to decide if the name would be changed to Burlesonville for Murray Burleson, who gave the land for the railroad depot. The coin toss resulted in "Smithville" being retained as the name, apparently in honor of pioneer settler William Smith.
The town was incorporated in 1895, and T.C. Collins served as the first mayor . Today, Smithville is a municipality with approximately 3.5 square miles inside the city limits
Location. 30° 0.549′ N, 97° 9.561′ W. Marker is in Smithville, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker is on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Smithville's City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 317 Main Street, Smithville TX 78957, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Woods' Fort (approx. 7½ miles away); Felipe Entrique Neri, Baron De Bastrop (approx. 10.1 miles away); Early History of the City of Bastrop (approx. 10.7 miles away); Lost Pines of Texas (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Gotier Trace (approx. 10.7 miles away); Primera Baptist Church (approx. 11½ miles away); Thomas H. Mays (approx. 11.6 miles away); Captain James Burleson (approx. 11.7 miles away).
Also see . . . El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. The expedition of Don Domingo Teran De Los Rios was utilizing what is now part of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail (Submitted on April 4, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
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