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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS

30 39' 19.84" N, 97 35' 2.04" W (30.65551, -97.5839)

Williamson County Topics

  • History
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  • Vintage Maps
  • Williamson County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Bell County (N) Milam County (NE) Lee County (E) Bastrop County (SE) Travis County (S) Burnet County (W)

    Williamson County History

    Historical Marker:

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY

    Created March 13, 1848, and organized by a special committee approved by Gov. George T. Wood and the 2nd Legislature of the State of Texas, with Georgetown designated as county seat.

    The county was named for Robert McAlpin Williamson (nicknamed "Three-Legged Willie", because of his pegleg), a veteran of Battle of San Jacinto, and one of the original members of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas.

    Lying in the Brazos River watershed and in basin of San Gabriel River, county has widely varied soils of blackland, limestone, and prairie types. Before the creation of Williamson County, settlements were situated at Tumlinson's Fort, Kenney's Fort, and other locations. Early mills made lumber, flour, and cloth. Southwestern University, heir to charter granted by the Republic of Texas in 1840 to Rutersville College, was established in Georgetown in 1877.

    Settlers were mainly of Anglo-American, Czech, German, Mexican, and Swedish ethnic groups. Eight incorporated towns and many smaller communities have developed. Population increased to 38,000 (with 15,000 registered voters) by 1970.

    This courthouse -- built in 1910 at cost of $96,000 -- is the third for the county. C.H. Page was architect. (1970)

    Supplemental plaque: African Americans, the largest ethnic group among pioneer settlers, comprised ten percent of the county's population in 1850 and more than nineteen percent by 1860.

    1970


    1936 Texas Centennial Marker:

    WILLIAMSON COUNTY
    Formed from Milam County.
    Created March 12, 1848;
    organized August 7, 1848.
    Named in honor of Robert McAlpin Williamson, 1806-1859, pioneer editor, lawyer, patriot and statesman, veteran of San Jacinto.
    Georgetown, the county seat.

    Williamson County Courthouse
    Williamson County Courthouse
    Williamson County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Williamson County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Georgetown
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  • Andice
  • Bagdad
  • Bartlett
  • Beaukiss
  • Beyersville
  • Circleville
  • Corn Hill ghost town
  • Coupland
  • Florence
  • Friendship ghost town
  • Gano ghost town
  • Georgetown county seat
  • Granger
  • Hunter
  • Hutto
  • Jarrell
  • Jollyville
  • Leander
  • Mozo
  • New Corn Hill
  • Noack
  • Round Rock
  • Sandoval
  • Schwertner
  • Structure
  • Taylor
  • Theon
  • Thrall
  • Type
  • Walburg
  • Waterloo
  • Weir

  • Williamson County Vintage Maps
    TX Williamson County 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Williamson County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Williamson  County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Williamson County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Williamson County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Williamson County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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