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LAMPASAS, TEXAS

Lampasas County Seat, Texas Hill Country

Hwy 183 & Hwy 281
69 miles NW of Austin on Hwy 183
Population: 6,714 (2010) 6,786 (2000) 6,382 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Burleson, after John Burleson, a Texas revolutionary soldier, the town was built on land given to him for his war service. The name was changed when Lampasas County was created in 1856. The town was officially incorporated the same year the courthouse was finished (1883).

Lampasas Attractions/Landmarks

Lampasas County courthouse, Lampasas Texas 1939 old photo
1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
Lampasas County Courthouse
Lampasas TX - Santa Fe Railroad Depot
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Lampasas Santa Fe Depot
Lampasas Texas historic Keystone Hotel
The former Keystone Hotel was once a stage stop
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
More Rooms with a Past
Lampasas TX - Keystone Hotel Historical Marker
The 1870 Keystone Hotel Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Historical Marker:

Keystone Hotel

1870. Famous early-day stagecoach 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 Texas Historic Landmark - 1965
Lampasas TX Central Christian Church
Formerly Central Christian Church of Lampasas
Now a Funeral Chapel

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Lampasas TX - Central Christian Church historical Marker
Central Christian Church of Lampasas historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
More Texas Churches
Gunfight at Lampasas Saloon marker
Photos courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
More Small Town Sagas
Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon
Lampasas TX Painted Wall Mural
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Murals in Lampasas
Bridge over Sulphur Creek in Hancock Park,  Lampasas Texas
The bridge at Hancock Park over Sulphur Creek
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003
Hancock Park:
A city park of 109 acres; amenities include a pool, golf course and the Hancock Springs. These springs drew many health seeking tourists in the late 1800s, but had been in use long before the area was settled. A marker in Hancock Park shows where a bathhouse was built for steam baths.

The current attractive suspension bridge is a replica of the one that connected the Park Hotel with the bathhouse.

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Lampasas Texas Walking Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

Lampasas Nearby Destinations

Colorado Bend State Park:
  • Colorado Bend State Park by Chandra Moira Beal
    From U.S. 183 North, take FM 580 west at Lampasas...
  • Colorado Bend: It Is What It Is by Clay Coppedge
    "..Colorado Bend is pure Hill Country: stands of live oak and juniper, thick with wildflowers in the spring, whitetail deer all year long and, every spring, the white bass moving up the Colorado River to spawn..."

    Cemetery:
  • Lampasas County’s Longmeadow Cemetery by Mike Cox
    "Many of their forebears are buried in this small rural cemetery, a fenced graveyard accessible only by an unpaved private road...
    While its exact location is unknown, the first burial in or near this cemetery 8 miles east of Lampasas occurred in 1793. And it may well be the oldest Anglo burial in Texas..."
  • Stone building in Lamapasas Texas
    One of the many stone structure around Lampasas
    TE photo
    Lampasas Chronicles:
  • Jesse James, Supposedly by Clay Coppedge
    "...That the James and Younger brothers spent some time in Texas is not in dispute, and local legends of the James and Younger brothers in Bell and surrounding counties abound..."
  • Gunfight at the Lampasas Saloon

    People:
  • "Skelped" by Mike Cox
    Oak Hill Cemetery - Chiseled on his simple tombstone, in addition to his name, birthday and date of death, is the story of his fate in five words -- “killed & skelped by Indians.”
  • What Stanley Walker Saw by Clay Coppedge
    Stanley Walker, the legendary journalist and editor from Lampasas, was a man ahead of his time. Though he lived and worked in a time far removed from ours, his perceptions and comments hold merit more than 40 years after his death...
  • O. Henry by Mike Cox
  • Lampasas TX Barber Pole
    Barber Pole.
    TE photo
    Lampasas Tourist Information

    The first stop when visiting Lampasas is the Chamber of Commerce located in the 1902 Santa Fe Depot.
    501 East Second Street (Corner of 2nd and Live Oak Streets)
    Phone: 512-556-5172.
    http://www.lampasaschamber.org/

    The reason for making this your first stop is to pick up the excellent Driving Tour and Map. A lot of work went into this, and it is complete. Towns wishing to do a driving tour would do well to study this one.

    Another interesting brochure is a detailed history of the local Horrell-Higgins feud, which came to a head in a bloody downtown shootout on June 7th 1877. Unlike the Hollywood shootouts which produce scores of bodies in a five- minute fight, this one took an hour and a half and resulted in two fatalities with one wounded.

    In addition to an active Chamber and its membership in the Main Street Cities program, Lampasas has also formed a Courtyard Square Association "dedicated to the preservation of the historic downtown district."

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