Noted Texas journalist and editor. Began his career in Austin and Dallas. From 1920 to 1935 was with New York “Herald-Tribune”, where as city editor he trained many writers. Also was on staff of Philadelphia “Ledger”. He . . . — — Map (db m89895) HM
The first permanent settlers came to this area shortly before Lampasas County organized in 1856. Oliver Hazzard Perry Townsen bought 640 acres from Samuel Horrell, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth in 1868. Townsen grew wheat and established a flour mill, . . . — — Map (db m236152) HM
Built on Mill Branch in 1872, Perry and Jasper Townsen's steam mill cut "rawhide" lumber and ground wheat and corn.
Post office established 1881 moved in 1891 to Adamsville store of John Adams and The Rev. McCall Smith. Mr. Smith built, and was . . . — — Map (db m86417) HM
In late 1880, The Rev. McCall Smith and 19 charter members met in the home of L. Jasper and Mary Ann Townsen. They organized the Pleasant Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church and held services in a schoolhouse or under a brush arbor. In 1903 "the . . . — — Map (db m86415) HM
This branch of Sulphur Creek was named for an event in the Horrell-Higgins Feud. On the morning of March 26, 1877, Tom and Mart Horrell were going to Lampasas to attend district court. En route, they were ambushed by gunmen hiding in the brush near . . . — — Map (db m71626) HM
Centenary College Preparatory School, Lampasas' first coeducational college, was founded 1883 by the local Methodist Episcopal Church, on the Centennial of the Organization of Methodist in the United States. First president was the Rev. Marshall . . . — — Map (db m175512) HM
This Disciples of Christ Congregation was organized as early as 1879. V.R. Stapp served as the first full-time pastor. In 1905, this church building was erected to replace an earlier sanctuary located on Fourth Street. Constructed of . . . — — Map (db m175377) HM
This cemetery, Lampasas' oldest, was established as a pioneer community graveyard in the mid-1850s. The first marked burial here was that of Rebecca Hughes in 1854. The cemetery is named after Arkansas natives William M. and Cynthia Cook who moved . . . — — Map (db m71561) HM
Originally known as Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, this congregation was organized in 1856, the same year the town and county of Lampasas were created. Moses Hughes, one of the earliest settlers in the area, was instrumental in the church's . . . — — Map (db m175374) HM
The First Presbyterian Church in Lampasas originated from Presbyterian missionaries in 1877. The congregation was officially organized on October 28, 1881, with seven members. On September 29, 1882, the First Presbyterian Church called its first . . . — — Map (db m175376) HM
On April 20, 1892, thirteen members of the Daughters of the Lone Star Republic met in joint session with the Texas Veterans Association in Lampasas. Having been organized the previous November in Houston, the Daughters had been at work in the . . . — — Map (db m175406) HM
Methodists in Lampasas were holding church services as early as 1866. The Rev. William F. Cummins is the first known pastor to have served the Methodist circuit in this area.
Although the exact details of the organization of the First United . . . — — Map (db m175507) HM
A ranger in Republic of Texas, Greenwood left Illinois to avoid Indian Wars. Arrived in Texas (then part of Mexico) in 1833 with wagon train of Baptist Daniel Parker. In 1835 he helped found Fort Houston (in present Anderson County); set up a . . . — — Map (db m175372) HM
In the early 1870s Lampasas was a wild frontier town. In January 1873 Sheriff S.T. Denson was shot while arresting brothers Wash and Mark Short. The district judge sent men to apprehend the Short brothers, but the posse was stopped by Ben, Tom and . . . — — Map (db m175396) HM
First white settlers in 1850's found Indians using curative waters here. Town was quickly developed around the springs. Stage and freight routes and many cattle drives came this way. The springs took the name of landowner, John Hancock.
On a . . . — — Map (db m202018) HM
Pioneer settlers began establishing homes near Lampasas Springs and Sulphur Creek in the 1850s. During the middle 19th century, stories of the mineral springs and their curative powers began attracting tourists to Lampasas, which was sometimes . . . — — Map (db m71112) HM
"Hopping John" Burleson received a headright grant for 1280 acres of land, including this site, in 1838. He first viewed the bubbling springs in 1847. "Hopping John" transferred the property to his cousin, John Burleson, in 1854. Later that year, . . . — — Map (db m175815) HM
Famous health spa and resort of early Lampasas. These Sulphur Springs were first exploited by John Hanna, member of a locally prominent family. Hundreds came to camp and take the healing waters. As reputation of area grew, the Central Texas Town . . . — — Map (db m175389) HM
Built soon after Civil War. At first was 2-room, 2-story stagecoach stand and hotel.
During 1870's was enlarged twice, to board visitors of the local health resort.
Also has been a tannery, and has survived two floods of Sulfur Creek. . . . — — Map (db m175379) HM
The Horrell and Higgins families were among the early settlers of Lampasas County. Tom, Mart, Merritt and Sam Horrell were accused of many crimes, including cattle rustling and murder. Pink Higgins was a cattleman and trail driver who, in 1876, . . . — — Map (db m175400) HM
Mineral springs such as nearby Hancock Springs flow into Sulphur Creek, providing Lampasas with waters for recreation and health. The Hancock Springs tract became a fashionable tourist attraction and convention and encampment site in the late 19th . . . — — Map (db m71109) HM
Scattered throughout this area, campsites, flint quarries, and rock paintings testify that primitive tribes lives here for centuries. Tonkawas, Comanches, and Lipan Apaches were the main inhabitants in the early 1800s. Typical of the sites was a . . . — — Map (db m69234) HM
One of the first settlers in Dallas and Weatherford. Born in Madison County, Ill.; came to Texas 1840. He helped cut first road in Trinity Bottoms, name Turtle Creek (1841), and Plat City of Dallas, 1842. He guided Texas President Sam Houston to . . . — — Map (db m175371) HM
Lawyer and frontier fighter. Born in Kentucky. Attained rank of Major in Mexican War, 1846-49. He was elected to the 3rd Texas Legislature, serving 1849-50. Appointed by Gov. P. H. Bell, he was Adjutant General of Texas Nov. 24, 1851, to Feb. 4, . . . — — Map (db m175370) HM
Famous early-day stage coach inn of J.L.N. Gracy. Windows have keystone arches. Native rock was hauled to site by oxen. In rear was grave of boy killed by Indians; also bell tower, house for employees. Wagon yard was across road. Recorded . . . — — Map (db m175811) HM
Formed from Travis and Bell Counties Created February 1, 1856 Organized March 10, 1856 The name Lampazos first given to the river by the Spaniards, was suggested by the many Cockle-burs in the region First settlements about 1850 First Railroad, . . . — — Map (db m175431) HM
After the Texas Legislature created Lampasas County in 1856, official business of the county was conducted from a variety of spaces and buildings. Land for the courthouse square was set aside when the town of Lampasas was platted in the 1850s. In . . . — — Map (db m175430) HM
Organized 1856; had 1028 people in 1860; favored secession by 85 to 75 vote in 1861. Sent 2 units to serve in Texas state troops, 2nd Frontier District; one unit to 17th Texas Infantry; 2 units to 27th Brigade, Texas Militia.
Also had 48 . . . — — Map (db m175385) HM
After the nearby Gracy (now Keystone) Hotel was completed in 1870, it was decided to use the leftover stone for the construction of a "Little Hotel." Built for J. L. N. Gracy and his bride, the structure contained a private apartment upstairs and . . . — — Map (db m212102) HM
Frank R. Malone came to Lampasas in the early 1880s as the city became a commercial center and resort town. In 1885, as a cashier for First National Bank, he proposed and helped found the Texas Bankers Association, which held its first meeting . . . — — Map (db m175373) HM
This 1884 building was constructed on property owned by John R. Guynes, and the First National Bank was one of the first tenants. Partners Barnes & Higdon occupied the building during the 1890s, and W.F. Barnes purchased the building from Guynes' . . . — — Map (db m175820) HM
John Madison "Matt" and Rebecca Wells Smith built this Queen Anne cottage circa 1902. Matt (1858-1936) moved to Burnet County, Texas as a young boy, and in 1891, he wed Rebecca (d. 1945). He served as a deputy sheriff before the couple moved to . . . — — Map (db m212101) HM
Threshold for settlement of Lampasas, San Saba Counties. Commemorates homestead site of Robert D. McAnelly (1806-1888) who came here in early 1830's; was surveyor of large areas of surrounding land. McAnelly's Bend was named for him in 1858. His . . . — — Map (db m104479) HM
Santa Fe syndicate (builder of this depot) operated the Mule-Drawn Streetcar - 1880's to turn of century. The syndicate was bringing guests to park hotel, near Mineral Springs in Hancock Park. Syndicate ads all over the U.S. promoted Lampasas . . . — — Map (db m175813) HM
Organized in 1885, this group is the oldest and largest (with 1,150 member banks as of 1969) state bankers association in the United States.
Inspired by the ten-year success of the American Bankers Association, two young bankers of Lampasas . . . — — Map (db m175395) HM
Hartwell Fountain sold ten acres of land to the City of Lampasas in 1872 to establish this cemetery. Originally known as City Cemetery, it was renamed Oak Hill Cemetery in 1908. The Ladies Cemetery Association, a group of concerned Lampasas women, . . . — — Map (db m175361) HM
This old bell and cornerstone were a part of the old First Baptist Church which stood at the corner of Third and Key from 1886 until the fire which destroyed the church in 1937. After the fire the bell was given to two teen-age boys. One of the . . . — — Map (db m175375) HM
Many of Lampasas' downtown structures, including buildings on this site owned by prominent developer John B. Higdon, were gutted by fire in August 1884. Higdon then sold one lot to David W. Phillips, who served in the state legislature in . . . — — Map (db m175819) HM
First chapter of the Farmers' Alliance in Texas. Founded 1877, it became one of the strongest arms of the national agrarian reform movement of the era. The group was begun by John R. Allen on Donaldson Creek (1 mi. S) in a "rawhide" (rough) . . . — — Map (db m212044) HM
Built in 1884 by N.O. Reynolds, famous Texas Ranger. Used as saloon, drugstore, operated as Lampasas Candy Kitchen from 1913 to 1968 by Mr. Frank Cox.
The corner building originally a shoestore, . . . — — Map (db m175496) HM
Catholics in this area organized services in 1880 at a chapel on William Mark Wittenburg's ranch (about 23 mi. NW). In 1885 they built a church on West Fifth Street in Lampasas, dedicated to Saint Mary. Mass was celebrated once a month for a parish . . . — — Map (db m182269) HM
Typical of the efforts of early communities to bring culture to the frontier, the Elks Opera House was also the scene of traveling theatricals, local amateur dramas, and reunions of Confederate Veterans. Sometimes called the Barnes Opera House . . . — — Map (db m175822) HM
Built 1884 of native limestone. Oldest church in area still in use. Modeled after Gothic Church in Rugby, England, birthplace of W.T. Campbell, pioneer communicant. Other parish founders include: A.H. Barnes, Dr. J.C. Bierbower, T.H. Haynie, W.C. . . . — — Map (db m175378) HM
The area around Lampasas drains to the Sulphur Creek basin, and the stream flows across the town from the southwestern edge to the east side, intersecting with Burleson Creek and other branches along the way. Floods have struck the town throughout . . . — — Map (db m175502) HM
Walter Acker joined the Confederate Army in Paulding, Mississippi at age 16. He arrived in Lampasas in 1875 as an attorney with his second wife, Elizabeth. He was elected district attorney in 1878, state representative in 1883, and mayor in 1901. . . . — — Map (db m175367) HM
Settlers came to this site along the Fort Phantom Hill Road in the 1860s and established the village of Nix. Harvey Wallace opened a general store in 1875, and his wife Elizabeth became the first postmaster. Several springs ran nearby, including . . . — — Map (db m236154) HM
West of here, on the Colorado. Brine Springs used by Indians as infirmary or health resort.
Increased operations in Civil War to make army supply for the men, cavalry horses and mule teams, and for general use for table and ranch purposes. . . . — — Map (db m175317) HM
Famous pioneer sawmill, flour mill, and cotton gin. Built 1874 by Henry A. Chadwick and son Milam. A sturdy oak dam across river supplied power. A millrace chiseled in sandstone channeled water to millstones. Mill and gin house were also . . . — — Map (db m175311) HM
In 1885, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF) extended its tracks northwest from Temple. For its first station west of Lampasas, a site in open ranch land was chosen. Frank Longfield conveyed right-of-way in June 1885. The GC&SF bought . . . — — Map (db m175318) HM
The close of World War II brought new tensions to America that led to the Cold War. Under fear of communism and nuclear assault, the U.S. Army and Air Force simulated a war in one of the largest maneuvers ever to be staged on American soil. Called . . . — — Map (db m175337) HM
In 1851-52, in a major reorganization of the frontier defense system, the U.S. Army built a line of 7 forts between the Red River and the Rio Grande to protect the scattered remote settlements and travel routes to California. On Nov. 14, 1851, Fort . . . — — Map (db m81874) HM
A 25-mile narrow-gauge railroad that operated about 1912-1920 from Lometa to San Saba County. Constructed by Edward and Alfred Scholten (From Holland). Line hauled cedar posts and piling to Santa Fe line at Lometa to be distributed to fast-growing . . . — — Map (db m175320) HM
Pioneer Reuben S. Senterfitt came to this area in the 1860s. A town named for him gradually built up and at its peak boasted hotels, mills, stores, saloons, a school, churches, a stage stop, and this cemetery. The town declined after it was . . . — — Map (db m175312) HM
Remains of facilities at the site of Lometa Reservoir (Santa Fe Lake) are evidence of the role the Santa Fe Railway Co. played in area development. Lometa was established as a railroad town in the mid-1880s. When a second rail line came through in . . . — — Map (db m175319) HM
The town was named for Reuben S. Senterfitt, the cattle king in this area in 1850s. The post office was established at an early stage stand in 1877. Mr. Senterfitt laid out the townsite and donated land for a cemetery and a school. The town served . . . — — Map (db m175313) HM